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Montgomerie changes caddie again

Seven-times European number one Colin Montgomerie has changed his caddie for the second time this year, his management company said on Monday.

Montgomerie, who employed Andy Prodger as his bagman until the Wales Open in June, parted company with Prodger's replacement, Steve Rawlinson, at the end of the Lancome Trophy in France on Sunday.

"Colin is going to be using Colin Cotter, who caddies at Royal Troon Golf Club, for the next few weeks while he is reviewing the long-term," the International Management Group's Michelle Mair told Reuters on Monday.

"His split with Rawlinson is not at all acrimonious. The two have simply agreed to part ways."

The 40-year-old Montgomerie experienced another indifferent week at the Lancome Trophy and a switch back to a normal putter from his usual 'belly' putter failed to do the trick, the Scot ending well down the field after a closing 72.

Montgomerie, who lies 20th in the 2003 European money list, has not won in Europe since last year's season-ending Volvo Masters, when he and Bernhard Langer opted to share the title after both squared the first two extra holes in fading light.

Rawlinson was poached by Montgomerie from Australian Stephen Leaney during the Volvo PGA championship at Wentworth in May and Montgomerie insisted he had done nothing wrong.

"I thought I was doing the right thing and, if I haven't, I apologise," he said at the time. "But, at the same time, I don't feel I have to."

Explaining his split with Prodger, who stayed on the bag for the Wentworth tournament before Rawlinson took over at the Welsh Open, Montgomerie added: "I just wanted a change, it just wasn't gelling very well."

Montgomerie ended a 10-year partnership with caddie Alastair Maclean in May last year.


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