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Montgomerie set to quit American events

Former European number one Colin Montgomerie claims he will not play in America after the end of the season.

The 38-year-old Scot was taunted during his first-round defeat to Scott McCarron in the Accenture World Match Play Championship in California this week and has had enough of the constant heckling he receives in the United States.

Montgomerie told the Daily Mail: "I'm on my last legs over here. I'm 39 in June and I don't need this any more. I've got commitments until the end of the season that I will fulfil - but that will be it."

"It's quite clear that there will never be a level playing field. "No offence to Scott, but if this is happening in the first round of a tournament in such a low-key setting what would happen on the 17th hole of a major?

"Would I even be allowed to take back the club? Would someone run across the green and snatch my ball away from me?

"Why not concentrate on playing in Europe, where people like me and respect me? Why not be near my family?

"What can I hope to achieve over here if spectators don't allow me to compete on the same terms as everybody else.

"It's hard enough as it is to take on Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and the rest. I can't do it if I have always got one hand tied behind my back."


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