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Montgomerie unhappy with Poulter over absence at Vivendi Trophy team


Montgomerie told BBC Sport: “Ian could have made an effort to be here.”

Poulter’s agent Paul Dunkley countered by saying that family reasons had played a part in the Briton’s decision not to play in the Paris event.

While fellow Britain and Ireland players Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald qualified for the Tour Championship at the East Lake club in Atlanta, Poulter missed out by half a point, which equates to one shot.

“Ian looked nailed on to play in this week’s Tour Championship so he geared his schedule around that,” said Dunkley. “Colin would not have known Ian’s schedule.

“Ian had made plans to play in Atlanta, then take four weeks off before playing in six events from October to December that earn Ryder Cup qualifying points.

“He flew out his family for the Tour Championship, but having missed out he did not want to fly them back for one week to play in the Vivendi.

“He loves team golf and his number one target for next year is to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team on merit because he loves the event.”

Poulter is one of six players from Britain and Ireland to pull out, while the injured Martin Kaymer has also withdrawn from the European team for the event which was originally named after Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros.

Westwood and Rose, like Poulter, have opted not to play while Paul Casey is injured.

Montgomerie is at the St-Nom-la-Breteche course in France to watch potential members of his European Ryder Cup side to take on America at Celtic Manor in October 2010.

“Having been a captain’s pick for the last Ryder Cup I felt that an effort could have been made to be here,” said Montgomerie.

“There are a few others who have made a good effort. Rory McIlroy has come in from Korea and Robert Karlsson is coming back from illness and wanted to play.

“Miguel Angel Jimenez has never missed a Seve Trophy from the word go. So people have made a conscious effort and I feel that Ian could have given a little more back.”

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