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May 25, 2005

Colin Montgomerie


Q. Well, here we are at Wentworth again, new sponsor, do you think it's been racked up a notch or two?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: I can't it's difficult to rack up, because what are you going to do? Done Volvo? No, no, because Volvo did a great job and still does a great job at Andalucia. So I think what we do is welcome a new partner, and we're delighted to have such a fantastic partner in BMW take over. That's what you want to say, and they have done a very, very good job initially. You know, it will work out over the years but they have done a fantastic job already.

Q. It has the feel of a very big tournament.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: A very big tournament this year, very, very good.

Q. And does that bring the juices flowing?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: I think it does. I think it's the sense of occasion and the sense of where we are.

I just look forward to it tomorrow, look forward to it tomorrow morning. I have a good draw with Nick and Luke Donald. We all play a similar type of game, not really bombing or anything; it's placement, and that's what this course is good about. You should find one of us to do very well this week.

Q. You all put a premium on accuracy.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: All three of us do.

Q. How about coming in here, because last week you said last week was a strange and unique week for you?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: A very strange week and I'm glad it's out of the way to be honest, because I was almost concerned for my playing partners for the first time, especially Michael Campbell getting into trouble early on, and I thought, "Oh, God, is it my fault" then. I had all sorts of new middle names you know, but that's fine. I make no apology for making it tough. I don't think that the guys were ready for that type of test of golf outside a major.

Q. Well, I think the course stood up to it brilliantly, lots of positive vibes.

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Oh, terrifically, I'm having all sorts of positive words to me. David Probin did a great job with me to set up the course, and John Plummer, the greens superintendent, did a fantastic job. The greens were super. So, I mean, I guess the only part of it was I don't think the Tour were ready to play a normal normal Tour event of that difficulty and that severity in mental test of golf outside a major. They weren't ready for it. When they come back next year, they will understand that this is what it's about, yeah.

Q. I hear the greens are good here. How do they compare pace wise? Lee said maybe not as true but a bit faster?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Maybe not as true? A bit quicker, which makes the job very, very difficult, doesn't it, at this time of year. So we just, as I say, we look forward to it. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

Q. And you need, what is it, to qualify?

COLIN MONTGOMERIE: I don't know what it is. Hey, if I get in this way, it will be great if I don't, there's still two options to go. There is an invite situation and Walton Heath, as well.

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