GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — Colin Montgomerie has failed to earn a place at the British Open after traveling more than 3,500 miles from the United States to take part in qualifying on Tuesday.
Montgomerie drove from Pittsburgh, where he finished ninth on Sunday in the Senior Players Championship, to Newark Airport in New Jersey and then a flight home to Scotland — arriving Monday.
After a few hours’ rest, he teed up Tuesday at the Gullane No. 1 course east of Edinburgh in the hope of securing one of three spots in golf’s oldest major — which starts July 18 at nearby Muirfield.
Montgomerie was tied for second after opening with a 69 in the morning, but then got caught up in the slow pace of play to shoot 76 in wet afternoon conditions.