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may face fine for missing Irish Open presentation ceremony
Scotland - European No. 1 Colin Montgomerie faces a possible fine
for skipping Sunday's Murphy's Irish Open presentation ceremony after losing a
playoff to England's David Carter.
did not wait to accept his runner-up prize after rolling his second shot into
the lake on the first extra hole and conceding the victory to Carter on the green.
He dashed away to catch his last flight out of Dublin.
Scot's hasty departure shocked his Irish hosts as he had won the title for the
two previous years,and this time
picked up a cheque for £106,631 as runner-up.
Tournament director Paddy Rossi said: "We were surprised he left so quickly.
"The European tour has rules about these things and they might want
to look into it.
European Tour officials are considering the Scot's reasons for missing the ceremony
before they pass judgment.
promoter Paddy Rossi, though, said the Irish Open organisers were unabashed by
told us that he thought it was David Carter's day and he didn't want to get
in the way," said Rossi. "We have no axe to grind with him."
officials were reluctant to discuss regulations, giving the impression that they
would rather the incident was brushed
aside. But a spokesman eventually conceded:
"There are rules for players to turn up, and the first three usually do."
Four years ago
Ernie Els was fined £250 when he failed to appear for the prize-giving after winning
the Pro-Am event before the main tournament.
of that size are a slap on the wrist to millionaire golfers. But they send the
message to sponsors that players are expected
to behave courteously.