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  Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 18:38 GMT 19:38 UK
Monty: 'I lost it on Friday'
Colin Montgomerie knows the chance has gone
Colin Montgomerie knows the chance has gone
Colin Montgomerie says the writing was on the wall for his Open Championship challenge as early as Friday evening.

Scotland's major hope squandered a commanding first-day lead to finish in a tie for thirteenth, six strokes behind the winner, David Duval.

Montgomerie started Sunday's final round one behind the leading group, which included the American.

But, on a disastrous day for the remaining Scots in the field, the 38-year-old could not mount the charge that would have brought him a first major title.

"I didn't putt very well," admitted Montgomerie after finishing with a disappointing one over par 72, for a combined total of 280, four under par for the tournament.

Great affection

"I missed a putt for a birdie on Friday evening and the writing was on the wall then.

"I never felt comfortable with the putter after that."

Andrew Coltart was second best
Andrew Coltart was second best
He again was followed by a crowd showing great affection for a man often dubbed as golf's Mr Grumpy.

But they could not inspire to victory the most consistent European golfer of his generation.

It now appears like his undeniable talents will remain unfulfilled when it comes to major titles.

Tiger Woods has suggested that Montgomerie is "too talented not to win a major", but he might never have a better chance to win the biggest of them all.

Never recovered

It looked like he was in the mood early on, but a rush of adrenaline on the third sent a birdie putt five feet past the hole.

He missed to take a bogey and never recovered.

Paul Lawrie fell out of contention
Paul Lawrie fell out of contention
Another makeable putt slipped by on the next and, when his tee shot at the par three fifth rolled up against the back bank of the greenside bunker, a second bogey was on his card.

He did manage to birdie the two par fives on the front nine to get back to five under for the day and resurrect hopes of an unlikely renaissance.

But the putting again deserted him and his hope was gone.

Andrew Coltart was the second-best placed Scot with a 73 for a two-over-par total.

Last place

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie suffered a final-day collapse to finish a stroke further back after a 76.

Gordon Brand Jr had a 74 to finish on seven over.

Worst of all, though, were Scott Henderson and Sandy Lyle, who tied for 69th and last place among those who made the cut.

Former Open champion Lyle had a disastrous 81.

Henderson had come into the tournament as a late replacement for Greg Norman and finished on 17 over par after his 76.


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