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Montgomerie & Torrance slam tour rebels

Colin Montgomerie and Sam Torrance have criticised fellow European Tour members' demands for the organisation's financial accounts to be examined by an independent auditor.

Many leading golfers have signed a letter demanding the investigation, but Montgomerie was outspoken in his opposition to the rebel movement: "No I don't support it, not at all."

A member of the tournament committee which dictates the Tour's rules and golfers' code of conduct, Montgomerie believes it would be a conflict of interest if he were to jump on the bandwagon.

"I feel that it's my responsibility to support the tour. I know what's going on with the accounts and it's all very kosher. If I'm involved with making the rules on the tour, I can't then go behind its back and demand something else."

Not all the committee members share the former European No 1's sense of loyalty, and among those to sign the petition was the former Masters champion Bernhard Langer.

Montgomerie adds: "The information they are demanding will be readily available in a month's time anyway when the books are ready for issue."

In addition to Langer, the letter has been signed by Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Jose Maria Olazabal, Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood. It is understood that the players are querying the Tour's level of staffing, the disposal of Ryder Cup profits and whether it is too British-biased.

But Montgomerie's fellow Scot Torrance, next year's European Ryder Cup captain and a member of the Tour's main committee, said:

"I trust the European Tour implicitly. I've been on the Tour for 30 years and I've seen it grow incredibly. I don't agree with the reasons for the complaint whatsoever."

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