Open Championship: Amateur Grant Forrest qualified as Colin Montgomerie missed out
Scottish amateur champion Grant Forrest qualified for the Open Championship, but Colin Montgomerie missed out.
Last Updated: 06/07/13 11:26am
Montgomerie, who played in his first seniors event last week, finished well off the pace after carding 69-76 at Gullane, the second of four venues being used to fill the last 12 places for the Open starting on July 18.
"I got to five under and threw it away - nevermind," he said. "It's not my schedule. I just played badly this afternoon. I didn't get going at all."
But Forrest, from Craigielaw less than four miles from this year's venue Muirfield, carded 67 and 65 to post an eight-under aggregate 132.
"I still can't believe I've made it into Muirfield," said Forrest, who will play for Scotland in next week's European Team Championship in Denmark.
"It was my first attempt at qualifying so I didn't really know what to expect. I did have a huge piece of luck at the 17th where I chunked a chip.
"It hit the concrete path over the burn but bounced into a bunker and I got up and down from there.
"I would have to admit I was getting nervous by then but managed to birdie the last which was a bit of a relief."
The other two to secure their Open places at Dunbar were Australian John Wade and India's Shiv Kapur.
Kent professional Steven Tiley ensured a third Open appearance in four years with some impressive scoring at The Musselburgh.
The 30-year-old, whose first-round 66 at the 2010 Open at St Andrews hit the headlines until it was eclipsed by Rory McIlroy, was in top form.
He laid the foundations with a seven-under-par 64 and followed up with a 69 - registering 13 birdies over 36 holes - to book his place with a nine-under total.
Also qualifying three shots behind were Scot Lloyd Saltman, winner of the Silver Medal for leading amateur in the 2005 Open at St Andrews, and High Wycombe 21-year-old Tyrell Hatton, who played his first Open at the Old Course three years ago, who both finished six under.
However, 40-year-old David Higgins had a day to forget after being knocked out of a play-off at North Berwick for having too many clubs in his bag.
Higgins had put an extra hybrid in his bag before taking his clubs to his car believing he had missed out on a play-off.
And he had played two shots at the first extra hole before realising his mistake and called a two-stroke penalty on himself which handed Open spots to rivals Gareth Wright and George Murray, who will join winner Jimmy Mullen at Muirfield.
The remaining spots went to amateurs Ben Stow, from Rushmore in Salisbury, and 2012 British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, from Hallamshire in Sheffield, along with Sweden's Oscar Floren.