Price found out through media reports that his caddie of 15 months, Andy Prodger, was going to Montgomerie, who parted ways with his caddie of ten years, Alastair McLean, earlier in the week.
Price said he was embarrassed and that Prodger and Montgomerie should have more respect that I shouldnt have found out this way.
The Welshman pulled Prodger off his bag for weekend play at the Benson & Hedges International, which is also played at The Belfry.
After that I didnt think it would be appropriate for him to work for me at the weekend, Price said.
Price added he tried to reach Montgomerie, but his cellular phone was not turned on. He said he would try not to let this incident hurt their friendship.
I wont be spiteful. I have to play with Monty in the Ryder Cup so I dont want to sour any relationships, but this should have been handled better than this, Price said.
Montgomerie, who is using Robert Karlsson's usual caddie this week, said Prodgers appointment wasnt confirmed until Saturday morning; though, he wasnt at all surprised that Price was upset.
Well thats unfortunate, he said. Of course Ill be contacting him. We are friends and will be Ryder Cup colleagues.
Prodger, 50, caddied for Nick Faldo during his victories at the 1987 British Open and 1989 Masters. He also looped for Montgomerie for his 1998 Volvo PGA Championship win.
I hope I can finish my career with Colin and help him at last win a major. That would be a great way to go out, Prodger said.
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