A struggling Colin Montgomerie will not attempt to qualify for this month's U.S. Open, saying he will only accept a special invitation. If he misses the Open, his string of playing in 49 consecutive majors will end.
"I don't feel comfortable on a golf course," said Montgomerie, who announced the breakup of his marriage last month. "I don't feel comfortable anywhere."
After failing to finish in the top five Sunday at the Volvo PGA Championship, the Scot dropped outside the world's top 50 players. Ranked 57th, he no longer qualifies automatically for the U.S. Open and the British Open next month.
Montgomerie said he would play in the U.S. Open if he were given a special invitation. He has played the last 12 U.S. Opens and finished second in 1997 and tied for second in 1994.
The U.S. Open is June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Montgomerie was expected to attempt to qualify for the British Open, which will be played on his home course, Royal Troon, near Ayr, Scotland.
"Unfortunately, the timing of the whole thing was wrong for the U.S. Open, the British Open," he added. "It doesn't matter. I've played enough of them in my day. We'll get back into this one day, but not yet."
Montgomerie won the European money title seven straight times in the 1990s but has failed to win a major. In addition to coming close to winning in the U.S. Open, he also finished second at the PGA Championship in 1995.
* SOCCER: Japan held England to a 1-1 tie in an exhibition game, while the Netherlands beat the Faeroe Islands, 3-0, and China upset Hungary, 2-1.
Michael Owen scored in the 22nd minute in Manchester, England, but the Japanese tied the score on Shinji Ono's goal in the 53rd minute.
England is preparing for the European Championship, where it plays in a first-round group with defending champion France, Switzerland and Croatia. Japan is getting ready for a World Cup qualifier against India on June 9.
In Lausanne, Switzerland, the Netherlands got goals from Marc Overmars, Rafael van der Vaart and Roy Makaay. The Dutch are grouped with Germany, the Czech Republic and Latvia in the first round of Euro 2004, which opens June 12 in Portugal. . . .
Diego Maradona's drug rehabilitation eventually will move from Brazil to Switzerland for longer treatment, his attorney said.
The 43-year-old Argentine great is in rehab at a psychiatric hospital in Buenos Aires and is expected to be relocated for several weeks to a clinic outside Sao Paulo, said Roberto Damboriana, a member of Maradona's legal team.
Maradona will remain there while awaiting a transfer to a Swiss hospital, Damboriana told the Buenos Aires sports daily Ole.
* COURTS: University of Virginia football players Marques Hagans and Brandon Lee were found not guilty of misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct stemming from their involvement in the confusion following the April 28 shooting of teammate Jamaine Winborne. Hagans, Virginia's No. 1 quarterback this spring, and Lee were arrested after police said they refused to leave the scene following the shooting. Teammate Kenneth Tynes also was arrested and charged with damaging property; he was found not guilty 10 days ago.
* BOXING: Former champion Magne Havnaa of Norway drowned in a boating accident near his home in Oslo, police said.
The 40-year-old fighter won the WBO cruiserweight championship with a fifth-round knockout of Richard Pultz of the United States in 1990. Havnaa retired in 1993 with a 19-3 record. The cause of Saturday's accident had not been determined, Risoer district Sheriff Jostein Hansen said.
-- From News Services and Staff Reports