Montgomerie to lead Europe in 2010 Royal Trophy


BANGKOK (AP)—Colin Montgomerie will captain Europe’s team for next year’sRoyal Trophy match play tournament against Asia after Seve Ballesteros ruledhimself out over lingering health concerns.

Eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Montgomerie said in astatement Thursday: “Seve has invited me to captain Europe at the Royal Trophyand I am delighted to accept.”

Ballesteros, who missed the 2009 event after undergoing surgery to treat abrain tumor, had said he hoped to captain the team when it plays at the AmataSpring Country Club in Thailand from Jan. 8-10.

He pulled out after saying he couldn’t guarantee he’d be fully fit.

Asia won this year’s Royal Trophy after losing to Europe in 2006 and 2007.