pulls out of BMW Open
Colin Montgomerie, still hoping to play
in next months Ryder Cup, has opted out of this weeks BMW International
Open in Munich to give his ailing back a chance to recover.
time European Tour No 1 made his decision not to play after seeing a specialist
over the weekend.
The 39-year-old Scots manager Guy Kinnings says
that Montgomerie will decide on his final schedule leading up to the Ryder Cup
after further consultations with the specialist.
"He saw doctors in
America the week before the USPGA and they confirmed he does not require surger,"
Kinnings told the Press Association. "They said they did not see it (his
injury) as being serious enough for that, although it does cause him pain."
had never planned to play in the European Masters in Switzerland the week after
the BMW International Open, but he was hoping to compete in the German Masters
and American Express Championships at Mount Juliet in the weeks immediately preceding
the Ryder Cup at the Belfry.
Now hes not so sure.
In fact he
is not even sure of being fully fit for the Ryder Cup and European captain Sam
Torrance has admitted he has already taken into consideration Montgomerie's injury
in making his plans.
Without the injury, Montgomerie, a player Torrance
has described as his 'rock', would have been certain to play in all five series
of matches, which would amount to 90 holes in three days.
But under the
present circumstances, says Torrance who is hoping to retain the veteran Scots
services, "It might be a bit much for him to play in every match and I might
not push him."
Meanwhile Montgomerie, who has been told to lose weight
and exercise to try and improve the situation, admits, "I'm not that healthy
Every week is a bonus if I do play.
a day-by-day thing and Ill have to see about it at the end of the year."
playing as well as I can, but it's very painful.
I can't play too
many holes of golf right now. I have to be careful. I don't play or practice as
much, either. I have to build up and peak for tournaments."
feeling, if Monty is unable to make the Ryder Cup, is that his replacement should
be Justin Rose, now Britains highest ranked player on the Volvo Order of
Merit he is fifth behind South Africans Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, Irelands
third-ranked Padraig Harrington and Spains fourth-ranked Sergio Garcia.
European captain Sam Torrance is sticking to the past and insisting that Luton's
Ian Poulter should be the player on stand-by on the strength of the fact that
he was next in line among the automatic qualifiers when the Ryder Cup team was
picked more than 12 months ago prior to its postponement after the horror
of September 11.
Winning, it seems, isnt everything this time
and perhaps just well after all the ugliness of the last Ryder Cup when winning
seemed to be everything, regardless of the cost.
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