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Colin Montgomerie looking to defend in Singapore

Colin Montgomerie is determined to improve his flagging world ranking by retaining his Singapore Masters title this week.

Montgomerie, ranked 82, has arrived from Dubai where he spent the past four days working on his game.

The Scot dropped just one shot in last year's tournament after coming from four strokes down heading into the final day to win by three courtesy of a flawless final round 65.

That victory ended a 15-month European Tour winless streak but, Ryder Cup apart, it was to be his only triumph last season.

He badly needs to boost his ranking to make it into some top events and has added next week's Heineken Classic in Melbourne to his 2005 playing schedule.

"I decided to spend four days in Dubai in preparing for this event as the weather was so bad at home," said the 41-year-old

"But I need to improve my world ranking as it dropped dramatically last year and I have to get back into the top 25.

"There are certain tournaments where you have to be among the top 50 to compete in like the Players Championship, the Masters and all the majors."

Joining Montgomerie in Singapore are the England pair of Lee Westwood and David Howell. Westwood, at 25th in the world, is the highest ranked player contesting the $1 million co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour event.

 

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