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Monty gets physical with trooper
Colin Montgomerie allegedly shoves a state trooper, but the incident requires no further action.
by Rick Carpiniello
Jun 18, 2006
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Mamaroneck, New York --
Colin Montgomerie was involved in a brief physical dispute with a New York State trooper near the Winged Foot clubhouse yesterday evening, shortly after his double bogey on the final hole cost him a chance to be in a playoff for the U.S. Open championship.
Witnesses said Montgomerie shoved the trooper. The police officer involved in the incident refused to give his name or be interviewed. But Capt. Michael Kopy, the zone commander in charge of the U.S. Open detail, read a statement last night.
"A collision occurred between Colin Montgomerie and a state trooper as both moved through a highly congested area adjacent to the clubhouse next to the scoring room," the statement read. "Mr. Montgomerie was then assisted into the scoring room by another member of the state police who was in the area. The first trooper continued his assigned escort of another player's family member without incident.
"This matter amounted to a brief collision in a highly congested area and requires no further action at this time.
"Mr. Montgomerie has departed the area."
Montgomerie finished tied for second, his fourth top-three finish in the event.
But had he two-putted after chipping his third shot from the rough to the right of the 18th green, Montgomerie would have been in a playoff today with Geoff Ogilvy, who won the tournament by a stroke over Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson, who also made a double bogey on the 72nd and final hole. Instead, Montgomerie missed his first putt, the ball rolling 8-10 feet past the hole, then missed the putt coming back.
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