PARAGUAY 1, JAPAN 2 (A Franco 72 lost to K Tomori 68, R Fretes 69 lost to T Yoneyama 68, C Franco 65 bt I Aoki 77).
Following his losses to Paraguay's Raul Fretes in 1993, India's equally unknown Gaurav Ghei in 1996 and Chinaman Zhang Lian-wei two years ago, world number six Montgomerie found world number 269 Sven Struver too hot to handle.
Montgomerie, Europe's number one and captain of the Scottish side seeded fourth, had to pull out of yesterday's pro-am after only five holes because of a tooth problem and despite taking medication felt unable to face Paraguayan Raul Fretes in today's opening group matches.
Following his losses to Paraguay's Raul Fretes in 1993, India's equally little-known Gaurav Ghei in 1996 and China's Zhang Lian-wei two years ago, world No 6 Montgomerie found world No 269 Sven Struver too hot to handle.
Aus names first): P O'Malley 73 bt R Fretes 76, S Leaney 74 lost to A Franco 73, C Parry 70 lost to C Franco 70 at 20th.
Sam Torrance 75 beat Raul Fretes 77; Gary Orr 73 lost to Carlos Franco 65; Paul Lawrie 71 beat Angel Franco 73
Monty hopes to be fit to take on Paraguayan Raul Fretes - the man who beat him in 1993 - but the situation had organisers looking for a stand-by player.
That gave Fretes a two-stroke lead, which was halved when the Paraguayan bogeyed the sixth, and by the turn, Torrance had drawn level.
It is a slight concern that teammate Raul Fretes managed only a 77 yesterday but the percentage call must be to get with the underdogs.
Paraguay won in '93 with Carlos Franco, now their outstanding player, slamming Sam Torrance and Fretes edging out Monty by 78-79 in a high-scoring duel.
He hopes to be fit today to take on Paraguayan Raul Fretes - who beat him in 1993 - but Ryder Cup team-mate Andrew Coltart, who was in the winning 1995 side, is on stand-by to join Open champion Paul Lawrie and Gary Orr.
And little-known Fretes beat Monty by one stroke just a day after the Scot's now infamous comment: "If we can't beat Paraguay, we might as well go home.