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Golf: Colin Montgomerie misses Golfer of the Year award presentation

Colin Montgomerie was an absentee yesterday from a lunch called to mark his record-breaking season. As the European Tour's Johnnie Walker Golfer of the Year award was presented to his manager, Montgomerie was in California experimenting with new technology.

COOLUM CLASSIC (Coolum, Aus): Leading first-round scores (Australian unless stated): 66 W Grady; 67 C Parry, D Bransdon, P Lonard, P Chapman; 69 B King, M Harwood, R Farley, S Bouvier, R Pampling; 70 C Jones, D Ecob, J Cooper, M Clayton, Pr Zidar, S Robinson, C Warren, G Evans (GB), N Kerry, R Ball, R Swanson; 71 G Dodd, T Elliott, A Painter, E Boult (NZ), G Chalmers, J Woodland, L Wastle, M Roberts.