SHANGHAI: Once-feisty Colin Montgomerie has mellowed and says he no longer gets worked up by the incessant media attention he receives.
In fact, the 42-year-old is enjoying being on the people pages as much as the back pages.
“I don’t care if there’s 150 press or 1,500 press, it doesn’t really affect me either way. Been there, done that,” he said here, where he tees off today in the European-sanctioned BMW Asian Open.
Monty has endured a roller-coaster ride over the past two years, seeing his private and golf life disintegrate around him before a remarkable comeback last year that saw him win the European Order of Merit title for an eighth time.
He agreed a divorce settlement in February reported to be worth up to £15mil – thought to be up to half of his personal wealth – and it has taken a weight off his shoulders.
Since the split with his wife, he has started to find himself on the gossip pages as much as the sports pages, and says he doesn’t mind it.
“Hell, if I go out with a woman I tend to get photographed. It’s actually good. As long as they’re good looking, which they are, it’s fine,” said the jovial Scot. “I don’t care. That’s fine, that’s just part of my deal.
“I’m trying to be private, I go out and it becomes public. A private life should be a little more private than mine is, but there you go. You have to just accept it for what it is and get on with it.”
And Monty admits he reads what’s written about him.
“Yes, it gets pointed out to me, although I haven’t read the latest saga. God knows what it is but I just get on with it,” he said.
“It affects the people I’m with more than me because I’ve lived that life now for nearly 20 years, and that’s upsetting. And especially when I’m put with my kids, it affects them.
“My little boy Cameron, who is coming up to eight, doesn’t quite know what is happening but my two daughters (aged 13 and 10), they understand that Dad is not the average guy in the street.”
With a new-found bounce in his step, he is enjoying life so much now that he has no intention of calling it quits, saying he has a competitive streak that he believes will never disappear. – AFP