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Colin Montgomerie to miss World Cup again

Seven-times European number one Colin Montgomerie will miss the World Cup of Golf for the sixth year in a row, the 42-year-old Briton said on Wednesday.

Montgomerie, who won the individual title when the two-man team event was held at Kiawah Island, South Carolina in 1997, said "commitments" in Asia made it impossible for him to represent Scotland at this year's edition.

In the absence of Montgomerie, who made the announcement while preparing for this week's German Masters, Scotland will lose their World Cup exemption as they have no other player ranked in the world's top 100.

Scotland will have to try to qualify in Malaysia later this month for this year's event. Should they fail, it would end a World Cup association dating back to the inaugural competition in 1953.

The 2005 WGC-World Cup will be held at Victoria Clube de Golfe in Vilamoura, Portugal from November 17 to 20.

Soon after Montgomerie announced his World Cup decision, he learned he will be without three of his leading players for this month's Seve Trophy team competition at The Wynyard Golf Club in Country Durham, England.

World number 14 Luke Donald of Briton and compatriots Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood have pulled out of Montgomerie's 10-man side to take on Jose Maria Olazabal's Europe from September 22 to 25.

The Seve Trophy is a Ryder Cup-style competition in which a continental European team plays against a Britain and Ireland side.


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