Manager tries to temper Montgomerie's comments after Masters snub

Updated: April 1, 2008, 2:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LONDON -- Colin Montgomerie's manager stepped in to defuse a potential row on Tuesday after the golfer criticized officials of The Masters for inviting players for "television rights."

Montgomerie, 44, will not be at Augusta National next week for only the second time since 1992. He is ranked 75th in the world; the top 50 are automatically invited to The Masters, the first major of the year.

"Colin completely understands Augusta's right to promote themselves," his manager, Guy Kinnings, ...

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