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Montgomerie approves of Seve Trophy

Colin Montgomerie gave the thumbs to the Seve Ballesteros Trophy and looked forward to playing in more of the contests.

The inaugural tournament between GB & Ireland and the Rest of Europe ended on Sunday at Sunningdale with the European team, captained by Ballesteros, winning 13-12.

The tournament has not quite got the rivalry of the Ryder Cup but GB & Ireland captain Montgomerie believes it was a great success and that rivalry can be combined with friendship.

"I think everybody out there realised that you can have competitiveness and rivalry with friendship," said the European number one.

"That's what has been taken from this week. On the first tee it suddenly became a big tournament and a big occasion and although there was friendly rivalry between the teams, it's great to see that competition was friendly.

"That's the way golf was meant to be played and should be played. That will be taken from this week and on to further Seve Ballesteros Trophies."

Jose-Maria Olazabal said: "It was a pity we had this bad weather and I hope we get better dates than this one. I think it's going to be very important to help the players who might play in the Ryder Cup and this tournament deserves good weather.

Personally Monty, who lost 2&1 to Seve in the singles, feels his putting is not what it should be: "I'm slightly more concerned than I've ever been about my putting," he admitted. "Getting the ball in the hole has always been the problem and I'll go home and try and improve it.

"You can't afford to play matchplay against someone of the calibre of Seve when you're putting as badly as I am."

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