Monty may miss British Open for first time since 1989

London: Colin Montgomerie`s hopes of playing in his 22nd successive British Open next month received a major jolt when he missed out in 36-hole international qualifying (Europe).

The 47-year-old carded rounds of 71 and 74 to finish a distant 18 strokes behind fellow Briton Graeme Storm, who was the leading qualifier on 12-under-par 127 after scores of 65 and 62 at Sunningdale on the outskirts of London.

Alexander Noren of Sweden, who won the Wales Open on Sunday, was in second place on 130. Joint third on 131 were Britons Gary Boyd and Peter Whiteford and former Ryder Cup player Thomas Levet of France.

The other five players to book their places in the 140th Open at Sandwich that starts on July 14 were British pair Kenneth Ferrie and Richard McEvoy, Spain`s Alejandro Canizares, Frenchman Gregory Bourdy and South African George Coetzee.

Coetzee went through after a five-man playoff involving Australian Brett Rumford, Dane Soren Kjeldsen, Spain`s Pablo Larrazabal and Mark Tullo of Chile.

Montgomerie, who has played in every British Open since 1990, still has a chance of qualifying for next month`s edition with a top-five finish at the French Open or Scottish Open, or through a mini European Tour money-list.

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