Montgomerie Clarifies DeChambeau Comments - "Something Has To Happen"

The eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner says DeChambeau hits it too far for 7,000 yard courses

Montgomerie Clarifies DeChambeau Comments
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The eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner says DeChambeau hits it too far for 7,000 yard courses

Montgomerie Clarifies DeChambeau Comments - "Something Has To Happen"

Colin Montgomerie says that Bryson DeChambeau hits the ball too far for modern-day courses and "something has to happen" as courses are not big enough for today's big hitting tour pros.

Monty told BBC Radio 5 Live recently that he would like to see a professional ball that travels 80-85% of the distance the current ball travels.

He says he was quoted as saying that DeChambeau hits the ball to far in general, when he actually means that he hits the ball too far for 7,000 yard courses.

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The eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner says he doesn't hit the ball too far for 10,000 yard courses but admits that they would be too expensive to build and maintain.

He also said that he would love to see tournaments go back to classic inland courses like Sunningdale and Woodhall Spa but "they're too short now."

"No, tour pros don’t hit it too far," Colin Montgomerie said on this week's Golf Monthly Clubhouse Podcast.

"Golf courses aren’t big enough for them so something has to happen.

"I was quoted as saying that Bryson DeChambeau hits the ball too far, no he doesn’t.

"He doesn’t hit the ball too far if courses were 10,000 yards. They’re not.

"They’re 7,000 yards, now he’s hitting the ball too far for that particular golf course.

"I would love tournaments to go back to Sunningdale Old, Woodhall Spa, to these classic inland courses that are 6,800 yards but you can’t. They’re too short now.

"Now is that because he’s hit the ball too far? But the courses haven’t changed, they’re fantastic courses I’d just love to be able to use them that was all.

"So it’s not that DeChambeau hits the ball too far, he hits it too far for a 7,000 yard course, not for a 10,000 yard course but we can’t afford to build 10,000 yard courses.

"That’s the problem and the cost of maintaining them.

"That’s the issue so we’ve got to balance somehow."

Listen to Montgomerie on this week's Clubhouse Podcast at 24 minutes:

Bryson DeChambeau won his sixth PGA Tour title at the Rocket Mortgage Classic where he became the first ever PGA Tour winner to average over 350 yards off the tee.

Montgomerie also said that the biggest struggle golf faces is the time it takes to play.

"We’ve got to get back to the three hour round of golf," he said.

"I was brought up on golf took three hours whether it was a two ball or a three ball.

"Four balls took a bit longer because one out the four sort of lost their ball off the tee. But two and three balls should take no longer than three hours to play and we’ve lost that and that’s why a number of people aren’t playing the game that they used to.

"Family commitments and all the other stuff that comes into life nowadays and we need to get back to three hours.

"How we do that? That’s the powers that be but we have to get back to three hours playing golf."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, 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 covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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