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Montgomerie laments form and wind

Open Championship, Royal Birkdale, 17-20 July 2008
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Colin Montgomerie grimaces as another Open chance slips by
Montgomerie had a frustrating time at the Open

Colin Montgomerie said a combination of the elements and poor form had put paid to his hopes of breaking his Major duck at Royal Birkdale.

The only Scottish survivor in the final weekend of the Open Championship closed with a 76 to finish 18-over par, cemented by a bogey at the 18th.

"I didn't do anything particularly well really," he told BBC Sport. "I had to drive the ball better.

"I had to hit irons better. Putting was poor, but it wasn't easy out there."

At 45, Montgomerie is running out of time to win his first Major but had hoped that he would benefit from lowered expectations among the Open galleries.

However, he said: "It was a very difficult week. Never once did I hit an iron shot or hit a shot that you would do normally. Not one shot in a normal way.

The early morning starters on the Thursday were behind the eight ball, as they say, from the get-go

Colin Montgomerie

"It was all wind, keeping it down, getting it up, whatever the case may be. It was just a very difficult week all round. So those who have kept it around par have done very well."

Several American players have criticised the set-up at Birkdale and the challenges presented by winds that exceeded 40 miles per hour.

However, Montgomerie, who has won 31 European Tour titles, insists it was a fair challenge.

"I think the R&A would have liked for it to be 10 miles per hour less every day and it would have been fairer," added the Scot, who will play one event in America before the USPGA at Oakland Hills.

"Unfortunately, the early morning starters on the Thursday were behind the eight ball, as they say, from the get-go.

"I was early Thursday and it was difficult to maintain one's position then. That was a pity to start with, but that's the nature of this Open. Let's hope next year we can come back and it will be the other way round."

see also
Open day four as it happened
20 Jul 08 |  Golf
Open day four photos
20 Jul 08 |  Golf
The Open leaderboard
17 Jul 08 |  Live scores

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