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Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has criticised Ian Poulter for pulling out of Britain and Ireland's Vivendi Trophy team to face Continental Europe.

Poulter joins Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Europe's Sergio Garcia in rejecting places at what was the Seve Trophy.

Montgomerie told BBC Sport: "Ian could have made an effort to be here."

Poulter's agent Paul Dunkley countered by saying that family reasons had played a part in the Briton's decision not to play in the Paris event.

While fellow Britain and Ireland players Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald qualified for the Tour Championship at the East Lake club in Atlanta, Poulter missed out by half a point, which equates to one shot.

"Ian looked nailed on to play in this week's Tour Championship so he geared his schedule around that," said Dunkley. "Colin would not have known Ian's schedule.

"Ian had made plans to play in Atlanta, then take four weeks off before playing in six events from October to December that earn Ryder Cup qualifying points.

"He flew out his family for the Tour Championship, but having missed out he did not want to fly them back for one week to play in the Vivendi.

"He loves team golf and his number one target for next year is to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team on merit because he loves the event."

Poulter is one of six players from Britain and Ireland to pull out, while the injured Martin Kaymer has also withdrawn from the European team for the event which was originally named after Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros.

Westwood and Rose, like Poulter, have opted not to play while Paul Casey is injured.

Montgomerie is at the St-Nom-la-Breteche course in France to watch potential members of his European Ryder Cup side to take on America at Celtic Manor in October 2010.

"Having been a captain's pick for the last Ryder Cup I felt that an effort could have been made to be here," said Montgomerie.

"There are a few others who have made a good effort. Rory McIlroy has come in from Korea and Robert Karlsson is coming back from illness and wanted to play.

"Miguel Angel Jimenez has never missed a Seve Trophy from the word go. So people have made a conscious effort and I feel that Ian could have given a little more back."

Britain and Ireland captain Paul McGinley said: "I've always been a great team player and whenever I've been picked for a team I play.

"Others guys see it another way. I might not agree with it, but I respect that they have a different opinion.

"Lee Westwood is the only one who rang me and explained why he wasn't going to play. I didn't agree with him but I respect that he's his own man and he can make his own decisions."

Montgomerie is in France for the Ryder Cup rehearsal

Westwood wants the week off to rest as he prepares for the final few events in the Race to Dubai money list where he currently lies fourth behind Kaymer, Casey and McIlroy.

Britain and Ireland have beaten Continental Europe four times in a row in the biennial tournament which works on similar matchplay lines to the Ryder Cup, though the event is over four days rather than three.

Fourballs are played on Thursday and Friday, followed by greensomes (when partners both drive on each hole, but then choose one ball) and foursomes on Saturday and then singles on Sunday.

And while the competition does not have the intensity of the Ryder Cup, European captain Thomas Bjorn warned: "When you are a continental European there is nothing better than beating Brits."

Just spotted this on the BBC website. What you guys think? Monty has been pretty outspoken since he got the captaincy but i think he has a point with Poulter. That guy is only out for himself. Also think he won't make the Ryder Cup team next year due to being very over-rated.

Felt he should have criticised Westwood as well mind!

If everyone hates this post then i am very sorry :P

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he did criticise Westwood, he said he didn't like Westwoods reasons for not going but thats his choice

Monty should just shut his mouth though, Golfers will play in the tournaments they want to, you can't tell me Monty never went to tournys that others felt he should have attended

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Its a myth that Poulter said he was the 2nd best player in the world. What he said was that Tiger was so good he would never be number 1 but if he fulfilled all of his potential he thinks he could one day get to number 2.

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Its a myth that Poulter said he was the 2nd best player in the world. What he said was that Tiger was so good he would never be number 1 but if he fulfilled all of his potential he thinks he could one day get to number 2.

“I just don’t rate anyone else,” Poulter said. “Don’t get me wrong, I respect everyone who is a professional. But the problem is I know I haven’t played to my full potential. And when that happens it will just be me and Tiger.”

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Its a myth that Poulter said he was the 2nd best player in the world. What he said was that Tiger was so good he would never be number 1 but if he fulfilled all of his potential he thinks he could one day get to number 2.

"I just don't rate anyone else," Poulter said. "Don't get me wrong, I respect everyone who is a professional. But the problem is I know I haven't played to my full potential. And when that happens it will just be me and Tiger."

Not if, when.

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Add this to the fact he decided to play in a tournament to qualify for the fed ex cup ( purely for money) rather than a tounament to help himself qualify on MERIT for the last ryder cup. that shows his comitment.

pretty sure he had to play it to keep his card in america

then went on to win most ponts for us in last Ryder cup

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Add this to the fact he decided to play in a tournament to qualify for the fed ex cup ( purely for money) rather than a tounament to help himself qualify on MERIT for the last ryder cup. that shows his comitment.

pretty sure he had to play it to keep his card in america

then went on to win most ponts for us in last Ryder cup

he was already guarenteed his card for the USPGA. it was for qualifying for the end of season tournament .

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