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Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK
Fourth round Monty watch
All the action from Colin Montgomerie's fourth round in The Open at Royal Lytham.
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Monty gets a good round of applause from the gallery around the final green, but it's little consolation as he's in the rough again. A fine chip and chase takes him to six feet and he holes for a 72.
Another Major chance has gone.
It looks like another disaster for Monty as he's stuck in the bunker after two poor approach shots. He splashes out and miraculously holes out to save his par, giving an ironic smile.
At this stage Monty's par seems like a success - but the crowd have realised that they are not watching the winner and the atmosphere with the group has gone flat.
Monty has a nightmare - time after time his approach play has been world class only for his putting to let him down. That's the cae again as he bogeys the 15th to effectively end his OPen challenge.
A wonderful eight iron from 180 yards sets up a second successive birdie chance - but it catches the top lip of the hole and wobbles past. The look on Monty's face says, maybe it won't be my day.
Monty booms a long drive berwwen the bunkers and sets up a long eagle putt. He rolls to 18 inches and takes the birdie chance. But David Duval is keeping the gap at the top of the leaderboard the same.
A good saving putt for par boosts Monty's spirits, but it's still not enough to shoot him up the leaderboard.
Monty knows he must do something at Lytham's last par five to have any chance of getting back into the chasing pack. A great bunker shot gives him every chance of birdie, but he can't make it, and only gets par.
After several composed holes, an over-zealous birdie putt leaves Monty several feet past the hole. His ball agonisingly stays out the next time too, and all Monty's recent good work is undone.
Monty gets himself safely on the green but leaves himself too much to do for birdie. He putts well though to get close and an eventual three.
That makes it 35 for his final front nine - solid, but not spectacular enough so far to get him back to the top of the leaderboard.
With the crowd firmly behind him, Monty looks for a good iron at the eighth tee. He pushes it to the edge of the rough on the right, but produces a finely judged second to avoid dangerous bunkers on the left and land within birdie range. He comes agonisingly close to a third straight birdie, but must be content with a good four..
On the second consecutive par five, Monty bounces his second shot nicely onto the middle of the green. His attempt for eagle falls short but he makes no mistake from three feet and claws another shot back.
Both Montgomerie and Els find bunkers on the par five sixth, but both recover superbly. Els fails to make birdie, but Monty holes his putt from 12 feet for his first birdie of the day.
Monty's first loose tee shot puts him in trouble at the short fifth. He takes two shots to escape the bunker and can only make four. So it's another bogey, and Monty needs to turn things round quickly if he is to keep his Open dream alive.
Supporters urge Monty on as he tees off at the fourth. Striking the ball well, he solidly reaches the green once more in two. He comes close to recovering his dropped shot with a well-judged first putt, but has to make do with par.
Montgomerie is looking focused, hits another good iron off the tee and a more cautious approach to the green. But his first putt rolls well past the hole and his second stays on the high side. The first sign of the smile turning to a scowl as he makes a bogey five.
A nice drive puts Monty in pole position on the fairway. Finding himself 168 yards from the pin, he refuses to play safe by going right of the pin, and instead fires in a sweet second to within 12 feet on the left side. He narrowly misses his birdie chance, but secures a solid par to continue his confident start.
It's crunch time for Colin Montgomerie as he steps onto the first tee alongside Ernie Els - the Scot begins his final round one shot off the lead.
His opening iron veers left but the ball refuses to be drawn into the greenside bunkers and stays on the fringe. He needs to hole an awkward putt for par, and duly does.
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