Colin Montgomerie Loses 40lbs Ahead Of Champions Tour Restart

The eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner has lost almost three stone during lockdown

Colin Montgomerie Loses 40lbs
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The eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner has lost almost three stone during lockdown

Colin Montgomerie Loses 40lbs Ahead Of Champions Tour Restart

Colin Montgomerie returns to action next week on the PGA Tour Champions with a much slender frame than pre-lockdown.

The eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner has lost 40 lbs (almost three stone) over the Covid-19 break, mainly from eating less and doing pilates, stretching and strength training.

Monty installed a golf net in his garden and looked to be playing a fair bit of golf during the lockdown period, with an appearance at the Worplesdon Pro-Am.

He also posted pictures on social media playing at Wentworth, The Wisley, Hindhead and Sunningdale Heath.

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“We’ve been quite strict in Europe, not leaving the house so I’ve lost about 40 pounds which was good, I needed to do that. I just haven’t eaten as much, so that’s easy enough,” Monty told the PGA Tour.

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“My instructor couldn’t work so we had to do classes online and then eventually we figured out that she could come into the garden at my home and stay safely a few metres away.

"Beyond that, I am stretching so my flexibility is good.

"I’ve been doing strength work on my bike and on the treadmill.

"Losing weight is one thing, but then you can lose everything with it, the power, the muscle and the ability to play the game so you have to keep up strength.”

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The European legend tees it up in next week's Ally Challenge in Michigan and is currently halfway through his quarantine in Florida, where he has been working with swing coach Kevin Craggs.

"Five months of getting Fitter - Faster and technically ready to get back behind the ropes of competition. @montgomeriefdn a genuine inspiration to those who have a passion to improve," Craggs wrote on social media.

The 57-year-old has won seven times on the PGA Tour Champions, including three Majors.

His last victory came at the Invesco QQQ Championship last November.

Monty says he plans to play in all the events up until November due to the current quarantine measures in place between the US and UK.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x