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Colin Montgomerie earns Open Championship place

Colin Montgomerie has earned a place at the Open Championship for the first time since 2010 after coming through the 36-hole final qualifier at Gailes Links in Ayrshire.

He was made to wait, however, as after finishing five-under aggregate of 137 and grabbing one of the three Open tee-times on offer for next month’s showpiece at Royal Troon behind Sweden’s Oskar Arvidsson and Scott Fernandez of Spain, it wasn’t until two hours later that he finally discovered his fate following a tense two-round shootout.

His Open place was finally confirmed in the penultimate match when his compatriot Jack Doherty failed to make the birdie he needed on the last hole to force a play-off.

Montgomerie, eight-time European No.1 and now playing on the Senior Tour, is relishing the prospect of a return to Royal Troon.

“They say it's golf's longest day, but it's been worth it,” he said. “This is very special. I'll be enjoying every minute of it at Royal Troon. This was my last chance to play in the Open at Troon. The next time it comes around I'll be 65 and I won't be allowed to play. My qualifying days are behind me after this."

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