Could it be the end of the road for Colin Montgomerie? He doesn't think so...


Colin Montgomerie refused to call time on his Open Championship career after signing off at Royal Troon.

The veteran Scot finished on 17 over par for the tournament after shooting a final-round 76 on his home links in South Ayrshire.

He has famously never won a major despite dominating the European golfing scene in the 1990s and, while it is the first time he has qualified for the Open in six years, there have been suggestions it could be his last on this stage.

Even before the contest began, he said everything that happened after the first shot would be a bonus...

Despite a display of pre-Open fighting talk.

It has been a poignant week for Montgomerie, with the event taking place just a few minutes' walk from his childhood home and with the 53-year-old being granted the honour of hitting the first shot.

But, while he now accepts time is not on his side, he has no intention of giving up.

He said: "You've got to be realistic and think that it might well be the last time I'm here at an Open - I'd love to think it won't be. I've always loved playing in this championship.

"My Open record isn't that great really. I haven't really performed that well, but at the same time I've always enjoyed the whole theatre of the thing and hopefully this won't be my last."

Lining up a putt.
Lining up a putt (Peter Byrne/PA)

His championship looked to be over after he finished on Friday but, as others struggled in poor weather later in the day, his four-over-par total made the cut.

His fine approach to the 18th earned him a good ovation from the few fans to have taken their seats early as he walked up to the green, but he was unable to end with a birdie.

Nevertheless, he was all smiles as he conducted media interviews, joking about being the big cheese in the clubhouse.

Still smiling!
Still smiling! (Peter Byrne/PA)

"I'm the leader in the clubhouse again, for the second time this week," he said. "So if everything goes really badly... you never know. They say it's not finished until the last putt is holed!

"It was just a shame the stands were empty, it was a pity. I'd love to play in the middle of the pack where the stands are beginning to become full. That would have been more emotional but I got a good ovation anyway."