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Colin Montgomerie qualifies for Royal Troon, marking first Open appearance since 2010

June 29, 2016

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Colin Montgomerie is on the short list of "best players to never win a major." At 53 years old, it's a standing that's unlikely to change.

But Monty will get one final crack to remove his name from this enigmatic group. And he'll get to do it at his home course.

Montgomerie fired a 66 and 71 in qualifying to earn a spot in the 2016 Open Championship, hosted this year at Royal Troon. The eight-time Order of Merit winner has strong ties to Troon; his father was the secretary at the famous club, and his wife is from the town.

“If I was going to play one Open, it would be this one as my qualifying days are behind me after this," Montgomerie told the BBC. "It means the world to me, sure it does, and I look forward to playing and am delighted to do so."

Despite his success, Montgomerie has failed to translate it to the Open Championship. In 21 appearances, Montgomerie has just two top-10 finishes.