Q. Does it make you appreciate what you did, winning seven consecutive No. 1s? Can you see the desire that Padraig has; and two years ago, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke were in a similar spot?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Sure. It does put it into perspective slightly how difficult they seem to find it. And then I go, "God, I won seven of these."
And entering this press centre, there's a list on the board and it's nice that my name is so long; it actually catches oneÃ‚Â¹s eye. It's good. (Laughing).
But it does say something, that Ken is probably right; it probably won't happen again, no.
Q. Does it heighten your own appetite to get your name on the board one more time because you can see how much it means to these guys?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Yes, it means a lot to these guys. It meant a lot to me. But at the same time, if I ever win eight, it doesn't really -- now, that's -- it won't mean the same as a seven in a row did. Can't.
It will be nice to be top in Europe again, but I still feel I'm one of the best players in Europe anyway. If I'm in that position, I'm quite happy.
It doesn't mean the same. I have a tee shirt with that big No. 7 on the back of it, and I'm very proud of that. How difficult people seem to find to win it, makes my record -- yeah, I think you're right. I think that my record then I go back and think, wow, it must have been quite difficult, and that's why no one's achieved it before, because it was difficult. Good luck to either of them.
But Goosen is definitely a favourite at this stage at halfway, very much so, and Harrington has to pull out two of the best rounds of his year to do this now. This is a very difficult course, as well, to attack. I was surprised at his second shot to 17 yesterday. You can't win this tournament the first day. You can only lose it. I was surprised.
Q. Besides the Ryder Cup, when was the last time you felt this excited going into the weekend?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: I suppose since then, the Dunhill Cup, I was excited going into Sunday, I suppose, because the weather was great and I was playing well after the Ryder Cup. I looked forward to that round and did okay, but not since then, no. I'm looking forward to this now. I really am. This is good for me. I'm really fired up here. This is good.
Q. Have you decided what you're going to do at the start of next year?
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: Not really, no. I come back from holiday. I'll come back from holiday and have a month probably and then see what's what. See what's what.
Probably start, I don't know when or what, but there's a World Golf Championship event in the middle of February and I'll probably be there, La Costa. I love it there. It's great. (Laughter.)
Q. You haven't got angry for five years.
COLIN MONTGOMERIE: No, I haven't been angry for five years, so there's no reason why I should be angry. (Laughter.)
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