Colin Montgomerie has hit back at Gary Evans for his comments about the Scot's controversial ball-replacing error at the Indonesian Open in March.
Evans angered European Tour boss George O'Grady after being quoted as saying Montgomerie had "compromised the integrity of our game".
Montgomerie said he had been "hurt", but did not plan to confront Evans.
"Everybody's entitled to their opinion, but it's not at all necessary and I'm very surprised," he added.
Evans' comments appeared in newspaper reports on Sunday as Montgomerie was preparing for his final round at the BMW Championship at Wentworth.
Montgomerie shot a 66 to finish joint 11th, propelling him back into the world's top 50 and ensuring qualification for next month's US Open at Pinehurst.
He would not have qualified without the ranking points he earned for finishing fourth in Indonesia, where he replaced his ball in the wrong spot after a thunderstorm.
"I am only glad I was able to score 66 in very difficult circumstances," he said after his round at Wentworth.
"Yes, I am hurt and I'm very glad I was able to do what I did and prove I can still do what I do best. I thought this was dead and buried."