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Colin Montgomerie would be happy with a finish good enough to put him on the European Ryder Cup team. (Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Montgomerie happy to fly under the radar

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After an inconsistent season, Colin Montgomerie is relieved that no one is playing up his chances this week. If he can make some putts, he believes, he can be in contention on Sunday.

SOUTHPORT, England (PA) -- Colin Montgomerie believes that, with little expected of him to deliver a result at Royal Birkdale, he can in fact challenge for Open glory.

After an inconsistent season, the Scot is relieved that no one is playing up his chances and heads into this Open Championship a 100-1 shot to win his first major.

"Before, in the 1990s, when I was No. 1 in Europe, it was expected I did very well and competed and contended and was due to win a couple," the eight-time European Order of Merit winner said. "Now it's slightly different. My consistency is not as good as it once was so I'm going in here free, almost, without any form of expectation.

"I think when you are expected to do something, it's quite difficult to achieve."

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The 45-year-old, therefore, does not mind the fact that he is largely being written off.

"It's great because I haven't myself," he continued. "I don't care really what they feel about Monty, that he's not a contender.

"If I can hole out from six, seven, eight foot consistently, the way I used to, I can contend here," he added. "That's all I need to do, contend coming into Sunday afternoon, then I have a chance."

However, Montgomerie also said that he would settle for a performance good enough to take him into top 10 in Europe's Ryder Cup table and guaranteed entry to the team.

"I have won this European thing eight times but, if you look back at my career, the Ryder Cup would be first on people's lips," added Montgomerie, who sits 13th on the Ryder Cup points table after missing the cut at the Barclays Scottish Open.

"Put it this way, if I do well enough here to get into the Ryder Cup, I would take it right now."

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