Monty and Co. Invade La Costa

Monty heads a strong European Challenge at La Costa.

Tue, 22 Feb 2000

Monty and Co. Invade La Costa

14 European Tour Members, headed by the seven times Volvo Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie, will head for La Costa Resort and Spa in search of the Andersen Consulting World matchplay title and $1m to go with it starting today.

The WGC - Andersen Consulting Matchplay Championship is the first of the World Golf Championships of this season and includes the top 64 players in the World Golf Ranking. Last year, European Tour members Björn, Langer, Olazábal, Eduardo Romero and Patrik Sjöland led the challenge with Olazábal and Romero reaching the quarter-finals.

The draw for the WGC - Andersen Consulting Matchplay Championship was confirmed on Monday and we should see some fireworks from the two 'Streakers' of previous weeks.

Michael Campbell will take on World number one Tiger Woods in the first round. And after Woods relatively poor recent from in the Buick and the Nissan Open, Cambo will never have a better chance at scalping the 'phenom'.

Europe's best chancesa will come from Monty, Westwood and the inform Padraig Harrington, arriving in La Costa fresh from a second place in the Malaysian Open.

European players attending are as follows: Thomas Björn, Angel Cabrera, Michael Campbell, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Bernhard Langer, Paul Lawrie, Colin Montgomerie, José Maria Olazábal