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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 January, 2005, 15:18 GMT
Montgomerie makes perfect start
Colin Montgomerie
GB unless stated
-7 Colin Montgomerie
-4 Nick Dougherty, Mark Foster, Danny Chia (Myn)
-3 Soren Hansen (Den), Brett Rumford (Aus), Maarten Lafeber (Ned), Jason Knutzon (US), Soren Kjeldsen (Den)
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Gary Murphy
Colin Montgomerie's 2005 campaign got off to a dream start as he carded a seven-under-par first round of 65 at the Singapore Masters.

The defending champion birdied three of the four par-threes at Laguna to open up a three-shot lead over Mark Foster, Nick Dougherty and Danny Chia.

"I really feel that this is a fantastic start to the New Year" he said.

"I'm very proud, it is the way I used to play in the 1990s where I didn't make mistakes."

Montgomerie has clearly put a largely disappointing year behind him. He won just one title in 2004 and went through a very public divorce.

"You can't win a tournament on the first day but you can lose it and I am looking forward to continuing.

"I have Alastair (McLean) back on the bag and I am happier on and off the course as I have ever been in my life; so this is a great start to what hopefully will be a good year."

Dougherty, yet to win on the European Tour, was also pleased with his start, having worked hard on his fitness and mental approach for the past two years.

"I can honestly say the way I was before that I didn't derserve success, but now feel I have the right to believe in my ability because of the work I have done on everything."

Dougherty's bogey-free round was matched by Foster.

"This was my first outing of the year so you are never really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly suprised" he said.

England's Lee Westwood finished with a two-under-par 70; in contrast his Ryder Cup team-mate David Howell birdied the final two holes to finish one-over.

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