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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 June 2007, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Monty buoyant going into US Open
Colin Montgomerie
Montgomerie is determined to end his wait for a major next week
Colin Montgomerie insists he heads into next week's US Open in confident mood, after he closed out his Wales Open with a "perfect" six-under-par 63 on Sunday.

Montgomerie, who has struggled this season, was on the brink of a maiden major win at last year's US Open before he double bogeyed 18 to lose by one.

But, after his showing at Celtic Manor, he said: "I know what I'm doing now.

"I'm more comfortable than I was going to the US Open last year and my appetite is as strong as ever."

Montgomerie's closing round was not enough to contend for the title, following a third-round 73, but it was a welcome return to form for a player who has gone 18 months without a victory - his longest barren run for 16 years.

I've had a dreadful time the last few months, but now I'm feeling good again

Colin Montgomerie

"My golf couldn't go on like it was," he said. "Something had to change. It couldn't get worse - not for someone, shall we say, of my ability.

"I've had a dreadful time the last few months, but now I'm feeling good again."

The 43-year-old will now have a further warm-up ahead of the US Open at the BA-CA Open in Austria, with the aim being not to erode the positive feelings gained from his Welsh outing.

The US Open takes place at Oakmont, Pennsylvania, from 14-17 June.

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