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Sunday, 21 July, 2002, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
Monty's final record bid
David Toms is now fighting it out for last place
David Toms went from first to last in four days

A bad case of the DTs

It's day four in the Big Bother clubhouse and things haven't got any better for two of golf's bigger names.

Not content with crashing from a share of first place on Thursday to a share for last on Saturday, 2001 US PGA champion David Toms put in an early bid for dead last on Sunday.

Paired with Muirfield's happiest man, Colin Montgomerie, DT would have been hoping to repair some of Saturday's storm damage.

But after a lightning fast round, both men posted four-over-par 75s.

This leaves Toms rock bottom on 14 over, and Montgomerie one shot better on 13 over.

After his course record on Friday, and Open record for the biggest variation between rounds on Saturday, Monty appeared to be going for a land-speed record on Sunday.

The first nine holes took the speedy Scot just one hour and 20 minutes.

The back nine was a comparitvely sluggish one hour 29 minutes - Monty clearly needs to work on his stamina.

While not quite taking their shots on the run, Toms and Montgomerie were clearly in a hurry to go home.

Thankfully, Monty did give the press a few minutes after his round to clear up a misconception we have been labouring under.

"I would have spoken to you (on Saturday) but you were more interested in Tiger Woods. No one wanted to speak to me," Monty patiently explained."


Fifteen minutes of fame

It wasn't all doom and gloom at Muirfield on Sunday.

There was some good golf to watch from the early starters, and it even felt like summer from time to time.

Two players who took full advantage of the improved conditions were England's Warren Bennett and Paul Eales.

Too far back to trouble the late starters, Bennett and Eales carded 67s to take an early, but brief, clubhouse lead.

The 30-year-old Bennett, from Middlesex, was first back to the scorer's hut. And his four-over-par total of 288 set the pace until Eales clocked in 15 minutes later in with a three-over-par total of 287.

Eales, a 38-year-old from Essex, claimed his only European Tour win in 1994, but didn't have long to contemplate his first Major title, as Tiger Woods finished another 15 later.

And while they will steadily slip back down the leaderboard during the day, both men will have fond memories of the time they held the Open Championship clubhouse lead.


Golf's aristocracy

With the sun expected to come out for at least 10 minutes this afternoon, a bumper crowd is expected at Muirfield on Sunday.

The Scots are nothing if not hardy, and their refusal to be put off by the unseasonal, allegedly, weather this week is borne out by the attendance figures.

With 126,000 through the Group Four security ring of steel already, the 2002 Open is now 10,000 fans ahead of the 1992 Open - the last time it was held here.

Boosting those numbers are a number of celebrities - and some of them aren't even working for the BBC.

Golfing fanatic and potential head of state (fourth alternate) Prince Andrew was at Muirfield on Saturday - I didn't see anybody ask him for his pass - as was Ronnie Corbett, probably.

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