Colin Montgomerie pulled out of the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland, yesterday because of a hand injury and may miss next week's PGA Championship.

Montgomerie, playing for the first time since finishing second at last month's British Open, hurt the fingers of his right hand on a shot off the 18th fairway in the first round. He planned to have X-rays after returning to London later yesterday.

His Ryder Cup teammate, David Howell, also pulled out injured at Gleneagles, saying he also may miss next week's major at Baltusrol.

"Hopefully, I can rest up over the next three or four days and manage to go to America on schedule. If not, I won't," Montgomerie said. "I hurt both my index finger and my middle finger. All three middle fingers have all bruised and swollen up."

Montgomerie said his grip slipped at the top of his swing.

"It's got to be one of the worst shots I've ever hit," he said.

Howell withdrew after Wednesday's pro-am because of an abdominal muscle injury that he believes he suffered during the U.S. Open in June. He withdrew from that event and has not played since.

Howell said he felt he could not play five straight days and was doubtful whether he would play at next week's PGA, adding that he may target a return at the following week's NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

"It's going to be touch and go. We will have to wait and see," Howell said.

-- From News Services