Colin Montgomerie may not be one of the most affable figures in golf, but over the past 10-15 years, the Scot has played a role in some of the game's more memorable moments. Whether you believe Monty's a villain or just misunderstood, he's given fans a lot to talk about over the years -- especially when its come to the major championships.
He's come close on numerous occasions, but like a number of players in the history of the game, Monty's always had a chink in the armor that's kept him from the one title he could never attain: a major championship.
At 48-years-old, his window of opportunity for winning a major is closing with every passing year. But to have any chance of winning a major, you need to be in the field. He failed to qualify for the Masters and the U.S. Open this year, and on Sunday at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, his chances of winning a British Open came to a close.
Needing a T-5 finish to qualify for the tournament, Montgomerie got inside the top-5 with a birdie on the par-5 6th, but a back-nine 37 ended his chances of heading to Royal St. George's, breaking a streak of 21 straight starts at the British Open for Montgomerie.
There are certain players you expect to see when you turn on the television every year to watch the British Open, and Montgomerie is certainly one of them. Like Vijay Singh's streak of major championship starts coming to a close earlier this year at the U.S. Open, we're starting to see some of the game's most dominant players during the early 2000's fade into the background.
Colin Montgomerie may very well qualify for another British Open, but for at least one year, we'll get a glimpse of what the game's oldest major looks like without one of its most recognizable faces.
- Colin Montgomerie