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World Cup return likely for Montgomerie

Colin Montgomerie indicated yesterday that he is ready to return to represent Scotland after a five-year absence at the World Cup in Seville later this year.

His likely involvement would almost certainly ensure Scotland won’t have to qualify for the £2.2million World Golf Championship team event in November.

Winner of the individual prize when the World Cup was held at Kiawah Island in 1997, Montgomerie first played for Scotland in the event 16 years ago. His run of seven appearances ended in 1999 when the Scot felt that in an already crowded end-of-season schedule he needed to spend more time with his family.

Since his break-up with wife Eimear, however, Monty, who was still struggling emotionally at Gleneagles last week, has a different outlook on life and admits he might as well play as much competitive golf as he can. Bearing in mind that the competition is being held in Europe for the first time in 12 years and no long-haul travel is required to reach a far-flung spot in either South America or Australasia, Montgomerie looks a sound bet to tee up at the Real Club de Golf in Andalucia.

"It’s true I haven’t made myself available for the World Cup for a number of years," Montgomerie admitted. "But I do want to play as much as I can this year and would be proud to represent Scotland in Seville if that’s how it works out.

"If that does happen, then it will be interesting to see whom I might partner. Scott Drummond, who did so well to win the Volvo PGA, is a possibility and that would be very interesting. I know he played for England as an amateur but my understanding is he’s very keen to represent Scotland as a professional."

Currently lying just outside the world’s top 50, Monty remains the highest-seeded Scot. His ranking would put Scotland in a strong position to cling onto one of the 18 exempt places awarded to the strongest golf nations.

Drummond, who moved into the world’s top 100 after his Wentworth victory, and Paisley’s Alastair Forsyth, who has played in the past two World Cups, are currently the main challengers to join Monty in Seville.

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