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Seve Trophy Absences Anger Ryder Cup Captain

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Posted Sep 20, 2011 by Chris White

Colin Montgomerie captained Europe to victory in 2010

The victorious captain of the 2010 European Ryder Cup team has admitted that he was fuming following the withdrawal of many of that successful team from last week’s Vivendi Seve Trophy.

Colin Montgomerie confessed to being “dismayed” at the decisions mad by the likes of Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy from the event at St-Nom-la-Breteche, which Great Britain won 15.5-12.5 on the final day after leading by 5 points overnight.

The Seve Trophy, which is played in a similar format to the Ryder Cup, is “the sort of experience the players need for the Ryder Cup” according to Montgomerie, who believes that the competition should come into consideration for the 2014 qualification process. That way, the tournament will attract the big names and get them playing team golf.

While Luke Donald missed the competition to compete in the FedEx Cup in America, players such as Kaymer and McIlroy took the opportunity to rest ahead of their next competitions. The Presidents Cup is the next team event, played between the United States and the Rest of the World on non-Ryder Cup year, and consistently attracts the strongest possible field, with Kaymer and McIlroy among those to have said they will participate in the ninth staging of the event, which is held in Melbourne in October.

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