Monty withdraws from European Masters

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie withdrew from this week’s European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre, where qualifying begins for next year’s European team.

He cited fatigue in making the announcement Sunday after a closing-round 71 left him tied for 31st place at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland.

He says traveling to the United States for the PGA Championship and to the Netherlands for last week’s Dutch Open resulted in him needing “a week to recharge my batteries.”

Montgomerie says he’ll watch on television as the race for Ryder points kicks off. He wished “everyone attempting to earn a place in my team for Celtic Manor next year the very best of luck.”

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