Monty fears for Tiger Woods’ future health

Colin Montgomerie watches a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th US PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club
Colin Montgomerie watches a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 96th US PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club
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Colin Montgomerie believes Tiger Woods “will suffer” if he decides to play in the US PGA Championship at Valhalla, which gets under way tomorrow.

Woods is a major doubt for the final major of the year after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational during Sunday’s final round at Firestone Country Club.

The former world No. 1 looked in severe pain from his back after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole in just his third tournament since undergoing back surgery on March 31.

Woods has yet to announce if he will able to play at Valhalla, the venue where he won the US PGA in 2000 in a play-off with Bob May, and his scheduled press conference on Tuesday was postponed.

Montgomerie postponed a press conference in favour of more practice, but told Radio 5 Live: “I saw the TV pictures on Sunday evening and really, how can he can play again this year, never mind within three days?

“Whether he can handle this I’m not sure.

“This is a big golf course, the rough is heavy again. He’s hitting the ball I hate to say, not straight, he will be in the rough and he will suffer.

“Whether it’s good for his long-term future in the game to play here or not I am not sure. Obviously we would love him to play, it’s a bigger and better event when he does.”

Montgomerie has not played in the US PGA since 2010 and made the cut just twice in his last nine appearances, but qualified courtesy of winning his first of two senior major titles this season, the Senior PGA Championship in May.