Colin Montgomerie blows Open chance with dreadful round at Gullane


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Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie admitted he blew his chance of Open qualification after a disastrous second round ended his hopes.

The 50-year-old Scot, who played in 20 successive Opens from 1990, had high hopes of a first appearance since 2009 after an opening 69 put him just one shot off the pace at Local Final Qualifying at Gullane in Scotland.

However, in the afternoon he returned a 76 to slip to three over and, with only three places available for Muirfield, had to admit defeat. "I got to five under and threw it away – never mind," he said. "I played badly this afternoon. I didn't get going at all."