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Top golfers unhappy at demanding schedules

The new sponsors of the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth in two weeks' time might have to get used to big names turning down the chance to win big money.

"I would much rather get in my truck and drive to Greensboro than fly overseas to play," Davis Love said in Atlanta on the eve of today's American Express World Championship.

"I like to be at home and I don't like travelling. I don't like going on big, long trips. I don't have to chase the money."

He is not alone; Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson, David Toms, Kenny Perry and Love all rejected invitations to be at Wentworth because of other commitments.

But HSBC, who earlier this year signed a 10-year deal to back an event which now offers £1million to the winner, are not the only ones to suffer.

The field for the World Cup is announced on Friday and is expected to show that an even longer list of players who have qualified - including Woods, Love, Colin Montgomerie and Darren Clarke - will not be competing.

The venue has nothing to do with that. It is at Kiawah Island in South Carolina. It is the timing in mid-November.

Coming straight afterwards is the Presidents Cup match, America against the Rest of the World minus Europe, and that is in South Africa this year.

Love is going there, but he has made it clear that he would much prefer staying at home for that as well.

"The first few Presidents Cups in Washington were a lot of fun, but then we had to start taking the show on the road and it was not quite as much fun." The United States were thrashed in Melbourne in 1998.

"It's a great event and it's going to be fun, but it's a long way to go in November."

Love was asked if things could reach the point where some Americans think it is too much to be asked to play in the Ryder Cup one year and the Presidents Cup the next.

"I think it's already gotten there," he replied, but as the questioning continued Love decided suddenly that he wanted to end it.

"Let's talk about this tournament. I don't want to talk about any other tournament than this one. That's why we are here, right?"

Everybody who should be present is at the Capital City Crabapple course, including 20 Europeans led by NEC world champion Darren Clarke and back-to-form Lee Westwood.

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