Monty to play 2004 Celtic Manor Wales Open
BY iseekgolf.com | European PGA Tour | 2004 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open | General | 11 May 2004
Colin Montgomerie has announced that he will return to the £1.5 million Celtic Manor Wales Open in June to make his second successive appearance at the Wales Open.
The Scot will take the opportunity to reacquaint himself with the host venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup for which he is being widely tipped as a strong contender for the captaincy of the European Team. He will seek to build on a disappointing performance at last year’s tournament when a near miss with an eagle putt at the last meant a missed cut despite finishing on level par after two rounds.
“It will be a great pleasure to return to the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open – I thought it was a great event last year and was disappointed not to have played better”, said Colin Montgomerie. "It is a lovely place to play golf and, after my recent win, I am feeling much more confident.
“Last year I seemed to play well from tee to green but just couldn’t sink the putts. That was the difference between finishing on par and winning the tournament. This year, I want to be in a position to challenge on the final day”.
Tournament Chairman Andy Stanton said “We are naturally delighted that Colin Montgomerie will be coming back to Celtic Manor this year as he is one of the stars of European golf. Not only does this announcement mean that we are well on the way to building our strongest ever field, but it also kick starts anticipation of the tournament amongst golf fans across the UK especially in South Wales and the West Country”.
This year’s Celtic Manor Wales Open will, for the first time, feature a Ladies’ Day on the Saturday, designed to make the third round of the tournament even more of a social occasion than it has been in recent years. It is anticipated that Ladies’ Day will attract considerable interest from leading national and regional personalities such as Patsy Kensit, Meg Matthews, Pat Cash, Laura Bailey and Mica Paris.
Set in more than 1,400 acres of beautiful parkland in the Usk valley, The Celtic Manor Resort is much more than a five-star hotel. Host venue to the 2010 Ryder Cup, the resort boasts three championship golf courses, four restaurants and two health clubs, not to mention Europe’s largest hotel health spa. The Celtic Manor Resort also features a purpose built convention centre that is already recognised as one of the top venues in Europe. Celtic Manor is the perfect destination for business and leisure.
Source – Celtic Manor Wales Open