Colin Montgomerie urges Woods to play in Europe





Former world number one Tiger Woods failed to qualify for the US PGA Tour’s FedExCup series but was urged by Colin Montgomerie to play in a few Europe events prior to the Australian Open in November.

“Tiger looks like he’s going to have nowhere to play for nearly three months and I think the guy wants to play,” said the eight-times European number one. “It would be great if he would decide to play in any European Tour event. It would be good for Tiger as it’s a change of scene for him and he’s got so many friends on the European Tour who are respectful of his golf and what he does for the game.

“There would be huge crowds if he should decide to come and play.”

Montgomerie, who captained Europe to its victory in the Ryder Cup last October, has already invited Woods to play in next week’s Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland where he is tournament chairman.
“I’ve asked him as I have invitations available,” said Montgomerie. “We haven’t had a reply yet.

“It would be absolutely superb if Tiger accepted. I know he has his children to think about back home and all that sort of stuff that goes with family commitments but wouldn’t it be great if he did say ‘yes’ to any of our European events?”

Woods missed the cut for the final major this year for the first time as he plunged into new depths at the USPGA Championship in Georgia. Woods had 14 major championships before his career and personal life got affected by a controversy which ended his marriage. He is also just recovering from a leg injury.