Monty fails to qualify for British Open
The British Open will be without Colin Montgomerie next week for
the first time since 1989 after the veteran Scot ran out of steam
at the Scottish Open on Sunday.
The former Europe Ryder Cup captain needed a top-five finish at
Castle Stuart to stand a chance of making next week’s tournament in
Sandwich, and he briefly held a share of the lead following a
birdie at the par-5 No. 6.
However, a disastrous double-bogey on the short 11th – which
came after he missed the green with his tee shot and then fluffed a
short chip – not only cost him a shot at victory in the Highlands
but also an opportunity to seal his Open place.
”It was going well and then I sort of ran out of puff,” he
said. ”It was always too soon, too short. So there you go. A week
off next week.”
After bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14, Montgomerie responded by making
three straight birdies but a final-round 70 wasn’t enough. He must
now wait until Lytham St. Anne’s in 2012 for another chance to
break his Open duck.
The closest the eight-time European Order of Merit champion has
come to winning his home major was in 2005, when he finished second
to Tiger Woods by five strokes at St. Andrews. He may never get as
close again, but he vowed to continue giving it a go.
”We’ll have to start again, that’s all we’ve got,” he
After finishing the second round at Castle Stuart early on
Sunday on 8 under – a target he had set himself on Saturday – to
lie three shots off the pace, Montgomerie gave the home fans
renewed hope with an eagle on the par-5 No. 2 to close in on the
His birdie at No. 6 drew him alongside five others at the top of
the leaderboard but that was as close as he came, finishing with a
Montgomerie slipped to No. 420 in the rankings during his
two-year spell as Ryder Cup captain and is attempting to get back
into the top 50. He is currently No. 285.