Montgomerie fears back will sideline him

January 26, 2002|By SPORTSTICKER

PERTH, Australia - Colin Montgomerie fears he could be out of golf for months rather than weeks after his back problem acted up again in the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Montgomerie, who was the European PGA Tour's Volvo Order of Merit player every year from 1994 to 2000, withdrew on the 12th hole yesterday and immediately made plans to see a London specialist.

"I don't think I will be back for a long time," said Montgomerie, 38.

Montgomerie was scratched from the English Open last June when the problem first flared up. Intensive treatment enabled him to play the U.S. Open the following week, but the injury resurfaced at the end of the season.

In other golf news, Fuzzy Zoeller will make his Senior PGA Tour debut today at the Senior Skins Game in Wailea, Hawaii. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Hale Irwin also are entered.

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