Montgomerie struggling to make Open

07/06/2011

Golf fans who will be Open Championship hospitality guests next month may not get to see Colin Montgomerie in action, as he is struggling to qualify for the event.

The Scot has participated in every Open event for the last 21 years, but this streak looks likely to be broken as he is in poor form in the run-up to the major.

Competing in a 36-hole qualifying event at Sunningdale, from which the top ten finishers would be awarded a place on the tee at Sandwich, Montgomerie could only hit six over par across the two rounds to finish well down the order.

He now knows the only routes left open to him are a top five finish at either the Scottish or French Opens, or a high placing on a mini-money list on the European Tour, which continues this week in Italy.

"It's disappointing," he said afterwards, "I will be trying everything - as always."

Despite famously never winning a major, Montgomerie can still look back on a highly successful career that included captaining the European Ryder Cup team to a victory over the US last year at the Celtic Manor course in Wales.

Posted by Sam Smith
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