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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 July 2007, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Montgomerie struggles on day one
Colin Montgomerie tees off at the 17th
Montgomerie shot an opening round of 73 at Carnoustie
A disgruntled Colin Montgomerie refused to talk to the media on a largely disappointing opening day for home players at the Open Championship.

The 44-year-old shot a two over par 73, with closing bogeys at the 16th and 18th, and was left to rue a number of missed opportunities with the putter.

Fellow Scot Paul Lawrie, who won on the Carnoustie course in 1999, shared the same score and sense of frustration.

"Two over is no disaster, but I felt I deserved a few less," he said.

Having been paired with Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, Lawrie finished a tough day on a high note, making a birdie at the 18th - just as did to clinch his play-off win eight years ago.

"I felt I didn't get what I deserved. I didn't play too badly," added the last European to win a major.

The Aberdeen golfer double-bogeyed the third after spinning back into Jockie's Burn - as did Rose.

"It was the wrong club at the third, but I'm surprised it spun as much," he added.

"Then at the 14th the ball plugged in the bank and you don't get free drops for embedded balls in the rough in the Open, so I made (bogey) six.

"Apart from that I played really well, but no putts until the 18th."

Rose, who picked up a shot at the first, did well to recover from his troubles at the third with three more birdies before the turn.

However, the Englishman unravelled on the way home, dropping six shots to card a 75.

"I felt like I was cruising," said Rose. "I don't have an explanation why I ran out of gas. I've just got to shake it off."

The day after his 50th birthday, Nick Faldo matched his worst-ever score in the Open with an eight over par 79.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain - Open champion in 1987, 1990 and 1992 - has not played any tournament golf this year.

Montgomerie was level par after 15 holes, with two bogeys cancelling out two birdies but his score could have been much better had his putting not let him down.

Asked to speak to waiting members of the media, Monty, making his 63rd attempt to win a major, told a press officer: "I would rather not, thank you."

Alastair Forsyth was the best of the Scottish contingent, carding an impressive round of 70.

One of the late finishers, the Glaswegian, playing in his fourth Open, recovered from two early bogeys to join just 23 others on a below par score.

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