Montgomerie qualifies for British Open

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.

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