MONTY'S (LOST) MILLIONS: Colin Montgomerie is coming off consecutive missed cuts on the European Tour, perhaps due to goings-on in his personal life. The Scot arrived late to the Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago due to the settlement of his divorce case with former wife Eimear, who had cited her husband's unreasonable behavior and claimed his obsession with golf caused her anxiety and depression. By settling, Monty avoided a court date and a public airing of both sides. But it cost him. The numbers varied among publications in Britain. The Times cited his payout as 15-million pounds (about $27-million), as did the Daily Express and the Sun. The Daily Mail reported it to be 8-million pounds (about $12-million).
+ A WIE MOVE: Michelle Wie is moving. Sort of. Her family recently purchased a home at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif., with the intention of using it as a base on the U.S. mainland. The Wies live in Hawaii, where Michelle, 16, attends high school and where her father, B.J., is a professor at the University of Hawaii. The purchase price was not released but the home is part of a 36-hole development. Bighorn was the site of Michelle's pro debut last October at the Samsung World Championship, where she was disqualified for taking an improper drop.
"I've always watched guys in this tournament walking up the 18th at Pebble Beach, and it's not like anything else. To walk up knowing you're the champion. . . . I wish everybody could feel that way. It's incredible." - Arron Oberholser, after winning his first PGA Tour event Sunday at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Stat of the Week
Ernie Els, who makes his U.S. debut this week at the Nissan Open, has been runnerup to Tiger Woods seven times, three more than any other player. His last came two weeks ago at Dubai, where he lost to Woods in a playoff.
-- BOB HARIG, Times staff writer