IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — Colin Montgomerie will play at the British Open for the first time since 2010 after qualifying for golf’s oldest major on Tuesday.
The 53-year-old Scot shot rounds of 66 and 71 to secure one of three places available from final qualifying at Gailes Links.
Three other British courses – Hillside, Royal Cinque Ports and Woburn – were also hosting final qualifying for the British Open at Royal Troon, which starts July 14.
Montgomerie, widely regarded as one of the best golfers never to win a major, made 21 straight British Open appearances through the 2010 tournament at St. Andrews. Montgomerie’s father, James, served as club secretary at Troon so it is a course he knows well.
“It means the world to me,” said Montgomerie, who now plays on the Champions Tour.
Montgomerie finished third at Gailes Links behind 1,418th-ranked Oskar Arvidsson of Sweden and Scott Fernandez of Spain.
Montgomerie played the British Open at Troon in 1997 and 2004, finishing 24th and 25th respectively.