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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 October 2005, 13:38 GMT
Montgomerie set for Merit charge
MONTGOMERIE v CAMPBELL
Colin Montgomerie (left) and Michael Campbell
42--------------Age--------------36
15--------World ranking------16
0--------------Majors------------1
29----------Europe wins--------6
16-------Worldwide wins-----15
7---------Order of Merits-------0
Colin Montgomerie and Michael Campbell clash head-to-head in a compelling end to the European season at this week's Volvo Masters at Valderrama.

Montgomerie leads New Zealand's Campbell by 153,487 euros (103,707) as he chases a record eighth European Order of Merit title in Spain.

With South Africa's Retief Goosen having pulled out with injury, Campbell is the only man who can beat the Scot.

But he must finish in the top five for a chance to win a first European crown.

Montgomerie may not have won a major but he insisted that his seven Order of Merits made him "very proud".

Isn't it wonderful? This is competition and I thrive on competition
Colin Montgomerie

"I don't feel my career is not full without a major," said Montgomerie, who will partner Campbell in the final group for the first round.

"I am very happy to have won the league championship seven times in a row and it would be a great honour to do it again.

"I will be giving it everything I can. I will be trying on every shot and that's all I can do.

"It would impress me and that's the most important thing - I want to do this for me.

"I have come here to try to win the Volvo Masters. There are a lot of Ryder Cup points and world-ranking points and if I do that then everything else will fall into place.

"This is great. Isn't it wonderful? This is competition and I thrive on competition."

If I was in Monty's shoes I'd swap my seven Orders of Merit for one major
Michael Campbell

If Campbell were to win the 450,445 first prize in the elite event, which is restricted to Europe's top 60, he would overhaul Montgomerie in the final standings.

If the 36-year-old finishes second, Montgomerie, 42, must tie with him to land the title.

And if Campbell comes third, fourth of fifth, Montgomerie must finish eighth, 22nd or 54th respectively to deny him.

"It's been a dream since I joined the tour 10 years ago," he said. "Monty is going to be tough to beat, but he is beatable.

"If I play to my ability I have a chance to fulfil a dream. I'm very excited.

But he added: "If I was in Monty's shoes I'd swap my seven Orders of Merit for one major."

Defending champion Ian Poulter and the rest of the field will have their own agendas at Valderrama, principally cash, Ryder Cup points, a top-15 Order of Merit spot for a US Open place, or a top-20 rankings finish for an Open berth.

But all eyes will stray at some point to the "Monty and Cambo" show.




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