When he noticed Gleneagles was the venue, Monty assumed it might be the longer, gruelling PGA Centenary Course in use – because it was tour occasions and the Ryder Cup.
However even his personal sore recollections of the King’s from way back to 1992 didn’t detract from his delight that the James Braid traditional was the course in play this week.
Colin Montgomerie admitted his eyes lit up when he realised the Senior Open could be performed on the well-known King’s Course at Gleneagles.
Then, Monty was in his well-known saltire sweater as he tried to win the Bell’s Scottish Open – solely to be overwhelmed by Australia’s Peter O’Malley.
“I’ve simply had breakfast with my nemesis, Peter,” he mentioned. “He shares the identical birthday as me – June 23 – however that’s the one factor we share proper now.
“When he completed seven-under for the final 5 holes to beat me right here, it was incredible for him and it’s nice for Gleneagles that we’re each taking part in right here once more.
“I’m delighted to be right here. I feel it’s an important course for us to play. The King’s Course has much more character than the PGA Centenary Course down the street.
“It’s nice that we’re taking part in it, I feel it’s incredible. As quickly as I heard Gleneagles I assumed, oh no, it’ll be on the PGA Centenary Course.
“With all due respect to it, it’s a hell of a stroll, particularly from the second to the third, Christ, you’re knackered. I’m reasonably glad it’s not there and we’re again to the standard golf right here.”
The King’s was possibly uncared for a little bit because the lodge centered on the PGA Centenary and the Ryder Cup. Now it’s restored to the fantastic situation when it hosted successive Bell’s Scottish Opens within the Nineteen Eighties and 90s.
“I feel it’s in incredible form, they’ve carried out an important job,” added Monty. “There’s not so many modifications across the greens. There’s simply a few new tees.
“They’ve put the tees again 40 yards so plenty of us try to recover from a few the saddles – one on 12 and the well-known one on 18.