Lawrie wins won't come easy - Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie believes Paul Lawrie will find it tough to pick up victories on the Senior Tour.
Lawrie turned 50 on New Year's Day and after undergoing successful surgery on the foot injury that has dogged him in recent years, he is ready to relaunch his career on the Senior Tour.
The Scot, who won the 1999 Open Championship, last tasted success on the Sunshine circuit at the 2017 Dimension Data Pro-Am and he will be confident of getting back into the winners' circle.
However, compatriot Montgomerie, who is a three-time senior major champion, believes the level of competitiveness on the Senior Tour will make it difficult for Lawrie to triumph.
"Chippy won't be going on the Champions Tour just to make up the numbers," he said. "He'll be as competitive as anybody, but, as everybody else does, he'll find it bloody tough.
"He'll be under no illusions, of course. He will know that himself, but he'll be surprised all the same, believe me. If you don't score 65 or 66 on the first day, you are playing huge catch-up. People think the courses are all 6600 yards long and there's no rough, but they're set-up to PGA Tour standard.
"The greens are every bit as quick and the pin positions are in places you'd think weren't possible."
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