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Last Updated: Monday, 18 July, 2005, 21:03 GMT 22:03 UK
Twin boost delights Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie
Colin Montgomerie's second-place Open finish has lifted him to 22nd in the world rankings and secured a spot at the HSBC World Match Play Championship.

The 42-year-old Scot has risen from 40th in the rankings and is also up to second in the European Order of Merit behind New Zealander Michael Campbell.

Montgomerie is also now certain to be among the 16-man field at Wentworth in September, based on major performances.

"I am thrilled to make it in," he said. "It is one of my favourite events."

Montgomerie will compete for the biggest first prize in golf, 1m, with even first-round losers earning 60,000.

"I have really missed playing in it over the past couple of years," he added. "I really enjoy the match play format and always feel very at home playing at Wentworth."

Retief Goosen has also secured a place and he and Montgomerie join defending champion Ernie Els, Vijay Singh (world number one on 31 March), Kenneth Ferrie, Angel Cabrera and major winners Tiger Woods and Michael Campbell.

Whether Woods plays remains to be seen, however.

Next month's US PGA will decide other qualifiers - Chris DiMarco, Mark Hensby, Sergio Garcia, Fred Couples and Tim Clark are currently next in line.

The final two spots will go to the leading two European Order of Merit players not already qualified on 29 August, with Adam Scott and Paul McGinley in position at present.

Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal is up to 24th in the Order of Merit after his joint-third place finish at St Andrews, and 40th (from 61) in the world rankings.




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