Just how acutely [Montgomerie] has been affected by his omission from the team became clear at Muirfield this week when he likened picking up a voicemail from Faldo last Sunday to the day when he was told his mother Elizabeth had just died after a short battle. Listening to Faldo explain that he wouldn’t be in the team “was like losing my mum”, he says.
Wait, say what?
“When someone is terminally ill and expected (to die] and then suddenly the phone call comes through from my dad then it’s a shock. This was nothing similar to that obviously, but at the same time it has that same feeling.”
Oh I get it. So the feeling wasn’t similar. It was the same. Got it.
Shockingly, Montgomerie states that “the team will be the weaker for his and [Darren] Clarke’s absence.” That said, “Montgomerie accepts that his play this year simply hasn’t been good enough. His work around the green – and particularly his putting on Sundays – has at times been conspicuously weak. His failure to get up and down has seen him ‘turning 68s into 71s and 71s into 74s'”.
Ok, now I’m really confused. I’ll just drop it.