Bunker Mentality has a lot of time for Colin Montgomerie's TV commentary. Generally speaking he's insightful, articulate and intelligent. Given that he is actually playing in this week's US PGA Championship, however, people assumed that he would not be working for Sky at the same time.
Monty actually playing in the USPGA so he won't be in the Sky Sports studio. Just hope he makes the cut so we won't see him all weekend
— Shane OHara (@thepostman314) August 7, 2014
Think again. Monty decided that he would be quite able to play his golf, and then get into position alongside Sky's Ewen Murray.
When I heard Colin Montgomerie was playing the US PGA I was overjoyed - surely he wouldn't also be commentating? My joy was short-lived... — The Judge (@AdeJones2) August 7, 2014
Despite the acid in that response, it was - in theory - a good idea. Given that he's actually playing he could surely bring plenty of genuine inside knowledge to bear, and many fans - including some very high-profile ones - were openly looking forward to it.
USPGA is Monty playing and competing at the same event? Fair play if he is!
— Matthew Pinsent (@matthewcpinsent) August 7, 2014
Unfortunately, there was a catch. Monty has always had a big ego, as you might expect of a man who was crowned champion of Europe seven times in a row, and occasionally lapses into self-indulgent musings on his own game rather than discussing what's going on.
And it seems that his stellar year on the US Seniors Tour (in which he has won two Majors) has made his head swell to even greater proportions than usual. Because when he finished his round and took his position behind the Sky microphone on day one at Valhalla, he decided that he should launch on an extended discourse about EVERY SINGLE THING that happened to him during his round.
Rather than actually, you know, commentating.
It was a whopping 2mins into his commentary stint before Monty started talking about his round. JS #USPGA
— National Club Golfer (@NCGmagazine) August 7, 2014
It started off not too badly - after all, it's understandable that a golfer wants to talk about a round he's just finished.
Indeed, it's actually highly desirable that he would share his experience of the actual playing conditions.
Let the record state - Monty's been commentating for 10 mins and he hasn't annoyed me yet. Am I drunk? — Ciaran Murphy (@saveciaranmurph) August 7, 2014
Sadly, that honeymoon period didn't last long.
Ok Monty's driving me demented — Ciaran Murphy (@saveciaranmurph) August 7, 2014
He's at it again. Colin me me me Montgomerie. He's taken it to new levels as he also played earlier today — jimmywills (@jimmywills2) August 7, 2014
As the Monty-centric chat continued, tempers really began to fray.
I absolutely cannot stand Colin Montgomerie — Michael Howarth (@MichaelJHowarth) August 7, 2014
Did Colin Montgomerie play this course today? He’s not mentioned anything... — Matthew Sherry (@shezza8791) August 7, 2014
By this point one of our earlier grumblers was really getting into a tizzy.
I gave him every chance. SHUT UP ABOUT YOUR OWN ROUND — Ciaran Murphy (@saveciaranmurph) August 7, 2014
Thankfully, some people went beyond negativity - and instead suggested practical solutions to the problem of Monty's ego. Some gave simple tips that might be obvious to those who have spent years watching, as opposed to playing, professional golf.
Others suggested that Sky should step in with a technical solution or an alternate role.
Sadly, not all those suggestions were particularly helpful...
Montgomerie's commentary — Harvey Burchell (@harv_burchell) August 7, 2014
Oh dear. Never mind, Monty. Still, at least there's another three rounds in which to redeem yourself.
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