Hugh Grant has been comforting champion golfer Colin Montgomerie's wife during her current marriage problems.

Mother-of-three EIMEAR MONTGOMERIE has poured her heart out to the smooth talking LOVE ACTUALLY star, detailing the strains in her roller-coaster relationship with the fiery sportsman, according to reports in British newspaper the SUNDAY MIRROR.

She has confided in golf-mad Hugh that her 14-year marriage is under severe pressure yet again becasue of the Scots-born Colin's failure to win major tournaments.

Montgomerie has gone 51 major championships without a win - and has slipped to 42 in the world golf rankings.

The 42-year-old actor became close friends with the couple following his own obsession with the sport, and has been a reliable shoulder for Eimear to cry on ever since their meeting.

A friend of the couple says, "Eimear and Colin have been having difficulties again - and Hugh has shown great understanding.

"He's a very good listener and has been helping her through some very tough times. Hugh has been a very good friend to both of them."

25/04/2004 14:00