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Europeans not in the mood for Masters

Although the week has been marred by the tragic death of reigning US Open champion Payne Stewart, the show must go on both in Europe and America tomorrow.

Stewart's death will be marked both with a ceremony at the Tour Championship in Houston and with a minute's silence at the Volvo Masters in southern Spain.

Colin Montgomerie is the main attraction at Montecastillo, just outside Jerez, as he tries to take a further step on the road to capturing the European number one crown for a magnificent seventh successive season.

Montgomerie admitted: "I don't think we feel like playing. I'm sure that feeling is stronger on the US Tour, but for all those who knew Payne it's a very odd feeling and a great loss.”

"Knowing that it could have been me or any of us, you sit back and take stock of how lucky you are. We make schedules, but you can't be sure you're going to be around. We're under a cloud this week, and it does not really matter at all”. Montgomerie, who already has record official earnings of more than £1.25million this year, won another £170,000 for lifting the Cisco World Match Play title at Wentworth two weeks ago.

However he will acquire an additional £100,000 the moment he tees off tomorrow, his bonus from a mini-league table operated by sponsors Volvo for cumulative performances in their three events in Europe this season. Since Montgomerie won both the Volvo PGA championship, also at Wentworth, in May and Volvo Scandinavian Masters in Sweden in August he is unmatchable at the top.

That is not quite the case yet, however, in the Order of Merit, regardless of his lead of almost £430,000 over Lee Westwood. Even if Montgomerie wins his seventh title of the season on Sunday he would still not be out of the reach of either Westwood or even third-placed Sergio Garcia. This is mainly due to the fact that next week's American Express world championship at Valderrama offers a massive first prize of more than £600,000.

"It's like the last game of the soccer season being worth 10 points rather than three," added the Scot. "Some say good; some have another view. A capping system might be better."

The Montecastillo course was drenched with more than eight inches of rain on it last week, five times the usual amount for the whole of October, and as more fell today the eve-of-tournament pro-am was reduced to only nine holes.

"It's possibly the wettest course we will encounter this year," added Montgomerie. "It would be closed in normal circumstances”. Players have already been advised that the layout has been "severely affected" by the weather and that the green-keeping staff has not been able to cut any fairways or rough for eight days.

"Your understanding and co-operation in these difficult times is very much appreciated," said tournament director David Garland in a notice to all the 66 starters. "The rain has resulted in much flooding and damage all over the course, but the greens drain extremely well and although slightly soft they are in very good condition."