LONDON -- Two weeks after saying he would quit competing in the United States because of excessive heckling, Colin Montgomerie has changed his mind.
Montgomerie said he will compete in The Players Championship later this month and will not radically alter his PGA Tour schedule, which would include the major championships.
"Over the past week, the assurances that I have received from the PGA Tour and tournament promoters, coupled with the support I have received via phone calls, letters and e-mails from genuine U.S. golf fans, has convinced me that I should not let a small minority dictate where I should play my golf," he said in a statement.
When he lost to Scott McCarron in the first round of the Match Play Championship, Montgomerie complained of being heckled and said he would stop coming to America because "I just don't need this anymore."
Montgomerie set a European tour record with seven consecutive money titles, although he has never won an official tournament in the United States.
He has been a favorite target among hecklers, most noticeably in the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club and at the 1999 Ryder Cup outside Boston.
Montgomerie said reading correspondence from fans has reminded him of "everything I enjoy about playing in America."
"I have so many friends and supporters over there that it would be a pity to let a tiny group sour the great experiences to be had competing on the PGA Tour," he said.
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