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Monty: Is this a party or a golf event?

Furious Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie made no secret of what he thought of some nearby music after a last_hole bogey six left him six shots off the early lead in the Spanish Open in Seville on Thursday.

Even before handing in an opening one_under_par 71, Montgomerie yelled at tournament director Miguel Vidaor after being told that the noise from the tented village had already been turned down once.

“Should never have happened in the first place,” shouted the eight-time European number one before adding, with expletive deleted: “Is this a party or a golf tournament?”

Montgomerie had just three putted the long ninth and, having bogeyed the 231yard seventh as well, his hopes of ending more than 22 months without a top10 finish had taken a real blow.

It came as no surprise in the circumstances that the Scot, famous for his temper, refused to talk to reporters after emerging from the scoring area.

It seemed rather appropriate that the clubhouse leader at that point was a former disc jockey, England’s Paul Waring.
The 25 yearold, English amateur champion in 2005, had an eagle and six birdies on the Real Club course, but by bogeying the 432 yard last fell back alongside Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez, a former Nigerian Open Champion.

And then Gonzalez, who has happy memories of the venue after winning the 2004 Seville Open here, closed with a birdie to set a new target of 65.

Gonzalez was three shots clear of Waring’s compatriots Chris Wood and Chris Gane, Welshman Stephen Dodd and fellow countryman Rafa Echenique.
Waring got off to a real flying start, grabbing birdies at the first three holes and then hitting a four_iron to eight feet for an eagle on the fifth.

He was relieved to simply be playing in the tournament. Unable to get home from Dubai over a week ago because of the volcanic ash cloud, the Birkenhead golfer was originally given a new flight date of May 1.

“We managed to get out on Sunday night, though, and flew here yesterday,” he said. “I’m really happy with that start.”
He has yet to have a top_five finish since gaining a Tour card at the 2007 qualifying school.

Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Dubliner Peter Lawrie, winner of the last two events on the course, had to be content with 71 and 72 respectively.


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