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  Saturday, 21 July, 2001, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
Monty: Don't count me out
Colin Montgomerie
Montgomerie came to grief on the 13th hole
Colin Montgomerie was in a philosophical mood after losing his grip of the lead at The Open.

The Scot fired a two-over par 73 to lie a stroke behind leaders David Duval, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer and Alex Cejka going into the final round at Lytham.

But Monty, who had a double-bogey on the par-four 13th, refused to be downhearted, inisting he could still break his Major duck.

"To have a 73 and still be only one off the lead isn't as bad as it could have been. It's anybody's and it can still be mine," he said.


It feels great to be in contention in the tournament I've always wanted to win
Bernhard Langer

"My ambition was to be in contention on Sunday afternoon and it might be beneficial because I can start in a relaxed fashion now I'm not leading."

Defending champion Tiger Woods will have to produce something stellar to get back into contention after a roller-coaster two-over-par 73.

"It definitely wasn't my A-game, not even close to that," he said. "I just didn't hit the ball the way I needed to, especially off the tees."

Langer, who carded a third-round 67 to move into a share of the lead, was close to pulling out of the championship with a back injury earlier in the week.

But he made light of it on Saturday as he reeled off six birdies and two bogeys to finish the day at six-under 207.

"It feels great to be in contention in the tournament I've always wanted to win," said the German, who finished second twice and third three times in The Open.

Tiger Woods has not been on top of his game
Tiger Woods has not been on top of his game
"It's a great feeling the reception you get walking on to every green. The spectators here know their golf and they cheer for every player, no matter where they are from."

Countryman Cejka was understandably delighted after carding his third consecutive 69.

The 31-year-old qualifier tied for 11th the last time the British Open was played at Lytham, in 1996, and played the final round with the-then amateur Woods.

"I have good memories here from 1996 and I really like this course. I'm comfortable here and Lytham has treated me well," said Cejka.

"I am playing very well too and I'm actually very confident."

"If you have a run like I did today on the first 12 or 13 holes, then somebody who is three under can win."

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Scotland's Colin Montgomerie
"To be only one shot behind after a 73 is a delight"
Joint leader David Duval
"Today was the first day I was pleased with my round"
Joint leader Berhard Langer
"I really enjoyed today"
Joint leader Ian Woosnam
"I really enjoyed it, the crowd were fantastic"
BBC Sport's Simon Murray
"27 players stand within four shots of the leaders"
Joint leader Alex Cejka
"I was flying, but the last holes were tough"

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