Colin Montgomerie talks to Sky Sports about his senior tour ambitions

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 29/05/13 12:29pm

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Colin Montgomerie told Sky Sports he is relishing getting back into competitive action when he officially joins the seniors ranks this summer, although watching Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples doing so well at the Masters has given him something to think about.

The eight-time European No 1 turns 50 in June and will immediately hit the Champions Tour in America to take part in the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.

Montgomerie says that commentating for Sky Sports at the Masters was a difficult job, given he is still so eager to be out there on the course competing.

His return to action is not far off though, as Montgomerie will celebrate his 50th birthday this year, and will waste no time at all in heading off to the Champions Tour.

"And it's looking like you can play longer than ever before, especially because of the new equipment which is becoming better and the new technology will aid us as we get older - Langer is hitting the ball longer now than he ever did at 25!"
Colin Montgomerie

Montgomerie has already officially signed up for the Champions Tour, and will appear in Pittsburgh before tackling both the US Senior Open, and the following Senior Open being held at Birkdale this year.

"I'm looking forward to the Champions Tour," Montgomerie told Sky Sports. "Well, I was looking forward to it until I saw Couples and Langer playing so well at the Masters.

"But I have joined the Champions Tour officially, my birth certificate was sent over to prove my age - I turn 50 June 23rd and on the 24th I'm over to America to play in the Players Championship so it starts in earnest straightaway.

"I've just got that one tournament in the diary so far and then the US Senior Open and the British Senior Open so it's all go. Our open is being played up at Brikdale this year which is a great course so I'm really looking forward to that one."

Frustrating

Being at Augusta and again not playing proved a frustrating week for Montgomerie, while watching fellow veterans Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer playing so well made him realise that it would be no picnic in the seniors.

"I was on the range at the Masters talking to a few of the guys and you do start to miss it,"Montgomerie added. "Looking in people's bags to see what they're playing with so you can commentate on it but at the same time it's difficult when you are wanting to play but can't.

"Langer and Couples were outstanding, playing so well in their 50s, but I'm just a youngster at 49 so I'll look forward to it. Freddie's in Hall of Fame next month with me, Langer's already there. Bernhard Langer's been a good friend for 20 years so I really look forward to getting out there and playing with them on the Champions Tour.

"And it's looking like you can play longer than ever before, especially because of the new equipment which is becoming better and the new technology will aid us as we get older - Langer is hitting the ball longer now than he ever did at 25!"

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Montgomerie in action during a masterclass at Mottram Hall

Monty on...

Long putters...

All four majors now have been won with it so the controversy continues, but it will be sorted out I do hope the PGA Tour abide by the R&A and USGA rules and everything will be fine and it will be banned January 1 2016.

Different major winners...

There's been 17 new winners in the last 18 majors and that's terrific for golf to be honest, you don't want the same winner every time. With new people winning these major events it's great for the game. It's harder than ever to win one now, the competition is improving all the time - you look at the likes of Westwood, Donald and Rose who haven't won one yet but it's getting harder all the time to win one.

Courses getting longer...

We have to be careful because lengthening a hole doesn't necessarily make it any better. A long par four, the green has to be adaptable to a long par four and not just make it longer as the green wasn't designed for that. But the main point here is that if we don't restrict how far the golf ball can go then we're in trouble as there's no option but to make courses longer.

Colin Montgomerie was speaking at the relaunch of De Vere Mottram Hall after the venue underwent a £6 million refurbishment. Go to www.devere-hotels.co.uk for more details.

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