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Friday, 22 February, 2002, 21:22 GMT
Faxon criticises Monty's attitude
Colin Montgomerie leaves the field after losing to Scott McCarron
Montgomerie has a chequered history in the US
American Ryder Cup player Brad Faxon claims that Colin Montgomerie only has himself to blame for the heckling he receives from spectators in the States.

Montgomerie has threatened to boycott future events in the US after being abused by the crowd during his defeat by Scot McCarron at the Accenture Match Play championship.

It is not the first time the Scot has been involved in controversy across the Atlantic, he has been targetted ever since losing his temper with fans at the 1995 US Open.

What can I hope to achieve over here if spectators don't allow me to compete on the same terms as everybody else
Colin Montgomerie
But Faxon believes 39-year-old Montgomerie shoud look at his own behaviour before criticising others.

Faxon told BBC Five Live: "I would like to say I am a fan of Colin - and I have had my own share of incidents with him - but I think he brings it on himself.

"If he wants to do well here he has to change the way he acts. He needs to look in the mirror and say 'it is me not them'.

"I know Scott McCarron and what happened out there and it wasn't something he should have got upset about.

Brad Faxon
Faxon had a spat with Monty in 1997
"From what I've heard, some of the things Colin said and did were embarrassing to himself. So, he kind of deserves it."

Montgomerie caused consternation Stateside ahead of the 1997 Ryder Cup when he said that Faxon's performance might suffer because he was going through a marriage break-up.

And, after his latest American disappointment on Wednesday, he was heard to say that the only one thing worse than losing was staying in America for another day.

BBC golf correspondent Tony Adamson
"The problem lies with Colin - easily distracted"
Manager Guy Kinnings
"Colin hasn't decided to turn his back on the USA"
Ryder Cup golfer Brad Faxon
"Colin needs to look at himself in the mirror"
See also:

22 Feb 02 |  Golf
Monty to abandon US
15 Feb 02 |  Golf
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