Open is Monty’s next target
Colin Montgomerie, unsuccessful at the US Open qualifier two weeks ago, switches his attention to The Open on Friday.
Colin Montgomerie, unsuccessful when he tried to qualify for the US Open two weeks ago, switches his attention to The Open tomorrow.
But the odds are less favourable at Sunningdale than they were at Walton Heath and most of the same players are involved.
Ryder Cup captain Montgomerie, attempting to earn a return to St Andrews and the scene of his runners-up finish to Tiger Woods in 2005, is among 96 players battling for 10 places.
He missed out by three strokes when it was 77 competing for the 11 spots at Pebble Beach.
Montgomerie, who has played in every Open since his 1990 debut, came through in a play-off the last time he was at Sunningdale for the 36-hole event six years ago.
He is joined in the field by former cup team-mates David Howell, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke, Paul Broadhurst, Thomas Bjorn, Peter Baker, Andrew Coltart, Ignacio Garrido and Niclas Fasth.
Also competing are 17-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero, a brilliant 13th at Turnberry last summer as an amateur, England’s Nick Dougherty and Shane Lowry, whose farewell to the amateur ranks was winning the Irish Open a year ago.
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