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Montgomerie pulls out of BellSouth to rest

After making the cut in just one tournament in six weeks and never breaking 70, a struggling Colin Montgomerie has had enough of America for the time being.

Disillusioned, he has pulled out of this week's BellSouth Classic and has headed home to Britain after his setback in The Player's Championship at Sawgrass where his rounds of 72 and 73 added up to one too many to make the cut.

After a miserable six weeks on the US Tour when nothing has seemed to go right, the big Scot has decided he'll be better off taking a break at home and working on his game before he jets back to Augusta for the start of the Masters in 10 days time.

His place in the BellSouth Classic in Atlanta, Georgia, has been taken by fellow Scott Paul Lawrie, the former Open Champion.

Guy Kinnings, of his agents IMG, told the BBC: "Monty is disappointed to let down the BellSouth Classic, but he just wants to recharge his batteries and to spend some quality time alone working on his game.

"He has spent a lot of time in America and believes it would be better to be at home for a week, before flying back for the Masters."

The new season has been a big disappointment for a man who had seemed to have revived his career with some stunning performances during and after the 2002 Ryder Cup matches at the De Vere Belfry last Autumn.

The Scot, Europe's No 1 for most of the 1990s and a golfer they had called 'the best never to have won a major' at that time after two of three close major misses, had looked set for a big comeback this year when he decided to try his luck in the US at the start of this season.

In the off season he took two months off to work on his strength to counter a troublesome back problem. He also swapped clubs from Callaway to Ben Hogan - to date without any apparent reward

 

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