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Carole Malone: He's way below pa as a dad.

Byline: Carole Malone

GOLFER Colin Montgomerie sounds like he needs a big fat dummy, not a divorce. His ex-wife Eimear says she's distraught over his claims in an interview that she won't let him into the marital home to see their kids. Eimear insists it's Montgomerie who refuses to talk to her and won't even come into the drive of her pounds 2million home.

Instead he sits in his car on the road and waits for the kids to come out to him. She also says he won't answer her calls and he won't meet to discuss the divorce, or the day-to-day needs of his children.

It's time Montgomerie realised that this divorce - however hurt and angry he may be about it - isn't about him or his ex-wife any more. It's about their three kids. And while making millions proves he's a good golfer, he was a crap husband and he's proving to be an immature dad. He can't keep on punishing his wife for falling out of love with him, which she might not have done had he put her before his career.

It's also not terribly clever to sling mud at her in interviews as their kids - who already have enough to contend with - will no doubt be tormented by their school friends. Montgomerie needs to take his egocentric head out from his backside and realise that HIS pain doesn't matter and that being a good dad requires a damn sight more practice than being a great golfer.


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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2005
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