Colin Montgomerie was one of the biggest players on the European Tour. He won the Ryder Cup with Europe six sometimes as a player and once, in 2010when the captain. Montgomerie from Scotland is also a renowned course designer who has shaped courses in Scotland Great Britain, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Far East.
This month, after a three years Absence that Turkish Airlines open returns to one of his designs, the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek On the south coast of Turkey, the world's leading players are trying to improve their chances in the season finale race to Dubai. The following interview was edited and condensed.
What does it mean for you and the club itself that the Montgomerie Maxx Royal is holding the Turkish Open again this year?
It is a fantastic honor to have designed a course that I am very proud of and who is the host fourth Rolex event, one of the most important events of the European Tour.
How would you describe the challenges of the Montgomerie Maxx Royal?
It can be played by all types of golfers. I especially like the par 3, which are very challenging. All par 5 are risk rewards that put even the best European tour professionals to the test. The green designs are designed so that the pen positions can be in some difficult and challenging positions. Hitting the fairways is therefore a must so that the player can attack the pins. I particularly like the 12th hole. It is a very strong par 4 where you have to hit the fairway and then your second shot is very tiring and played in a wavy green. But really, I'm very proud of all 18 holes.
Your game was designed for accuracy, but now so many players have hit the ball that many places have difficulty coping with the ball. What are the special challenges of increasing the performance of a course designer? And what can you do to keep a balance between strength and accuracy?
You can build more holes with dog legs where it is impossible to clear the corner, which brings accuracy and more shots as opposed to more power. You can build smaller, tighter greens with more sophisticated pin placements.
Tell us how you run a course. Do you talk to other players about your thoughts? Get advice from other designers? Is there anyone whose designs have influenced your own methods? And how much of what you come up with depends on how holes fit your eye rather than trying to do them well enough to host big events?
There was no specific person, but every course in the Melbourne Sandbelt area influenced my design. Especially the way these courses are stashed. They are the best. When it comes to the end product, it's really both. It has to fit my eye primarily, but it also has to be a challenge for the top players.
Victor Dubuisson, who won twice, and Brooks Koepka are former Turkish Open winners at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal. What do you remember most about the event in those years?
I played in the first two and was very impressed with the maintenance of the court and the entire infrastructure of the tournament.
Can you describe some of your favorite moments from the years when the Montgomerie Maxx Royal hosted the Turkish Open? Maybe the arrival of Tiger Woods in 2013 and his 63? What did his presence do for the event?
It is always an honor when Woods plays on a course you design. This is how a course looks like. Leaving a legacy that not only Woods can play, but players of all skill levels can enjoy. Tigers 63 [dieerindiesemJahrinderzweitenRundeschoss[whichheshotinthesecondroundthatyear[dieerindiesemJahrinderzweitenRundeschoss[whichheshotinthesecondroundthatyear]was a great score on a challenging course. On the other hand, he was the best in the world at the time.
How far have the Turkish Open got in the past six years?
Becoming one of the last Rolex events proves how far the Turkish Airlines Open has come. It makes me so proud to have this on a course that bears my name.
Have you had a lot of player feedback over the years? How enjoyable is that and what did you say?
I have received numerous positive comments from the players. And when Tiger Woods says it's a well-designed course, it makes you very proud.
Her best major in terms of consistent results was the United States Open, which is notoriously difficult to score. The rating in the three years of the Turkish Open at Montgomerie Maxx Royal was very low. Should we expect the same thing this time?
The standards of golf around the world are getting higher and the game of golf is getting better and better.
Lower values tend to reflect harder prices. Pin positions need to be thought through to keep all courses and tournaments in Europe challenging.