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Montgomerie to make debut at Avantha Masters

Colin Montgomerie, the most prolific British winner in European Tour history, will make his maiden appearance at the Avantha Masters when the Euro 1.8 million event takes place from March 14-17.

The Scot, who led Europe to Ryder Cup glory in 2010, has won 31 European Tour titles two of them in Asia in an illustrious career, and will now hope to add to his impressive tally when the fourth edition of the Avantha Masters is held at a new venue, Jaypee Greens Golf Course here.

Montgomerie’s title ambitions at the Avantha Masters, which is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), will be put to test by a stellar field that includes three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Mardan Mamat of Singapore, a three-time Asian Tour winner and Australia’s Scott Hend. The Indian charge will be spearheaded by Jeev Milkha Singh, Asia’s number one in 2006 and 2008, besides Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar who have a combined total of six Asian Tour victories.

Montgomerie said: ‘India is unquestionably one of the world’s biggest growth areas for golf, so I’m really looking forward to teeing up. Having recently added a project in Goa to my golf course design portfolio, I hope to play my part in the development of the game in India.’
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