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Montgomerie to reduce schedule in 2001

Colin Montgomerie is to cut back his European Tour schedule next year and concentrate on preparing more on the four majors and spending time with his family.

Talking before his narrow victory helped Scotland beat England in the Dunhill Cup, the 37-year-old said: "I have made the decision to cut down my involvement on the European Tour next season.

"It will represent the start of a new phase in the lives of myself and my family, one in which I'll be very much more relaxed and will devote more of my time to them.

"My days of rushing from one European tournament to another without ever having time, to use the old Walter Hagen comment `to stop and smell the flowers along the way', are over.

"September, which was a bit of a lean month for me, opened my eyes to rather more than just what it is to struggle. For the first time I had an inkling of the enormity of what I achieved in winning my seven successive Orders of Merit.

"When I kept winning it, I took it for granted, as did everyone else."

Montgomerie also hinted he would like to be considered as Ryder Cup captain if the campaign to stage the event in Scotland for 2009 is successful.

"If we were to get the vote and I were no longer on the appropriate level as a player (he will be 46 by then) I would want nothing so much as to be the European captain."



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