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Montgomerie's worst finish since pro debut

Troubled Colin Montgomerie has pledged to "try, try and try again" after plummeting out of the Tournament Players Championship of Europe on Friday.

His 128th place after two rounds was his worst result since 1987 when he finished 132nd in the Swiss Open at Crans sur Sierre in his first tournament as a professional.

The 40-year-old Briton took Tiger Woods to the brink before losing a playoff to the world number one in the TPC of Europe at St Leon-Rot only two years ago.

But a subdued Montgomerie, in the throes of a divorce from his wife Eimear, showed just how life has changed as he slumped to a second round six-over-par 78 that left him 20 strokes behind leader Alex Cejka.

He missed the cut by seven strokes on nine-over-par 153, his worst 36-hole return since carding 161 in the Benson and Hedges International 13 years ago.

"I've got to do my job unfortunately, it's difficult," said the Scot after a round littered with two double-bogeys and four bogeys.

"But I'll keep going. I was runner-up here the last time. A double-bogey to start the day was not the way I wanted to start.

"Hopefully, I've got all my bad luck away in the two rounds and I'll have a little bit more luck at Wentworth (for the Volvo PGA Championship) next week.

"I got some unlucky bounces and breaks but I've not only missed the cut, I've really missed the cut."

Montgomerie insisted he is looking forward to next week's event, which he won three years in a row from 1998.

"I'll try again next week, then I'll try again, then again the next week and the next week, until I can perform to my true ability," he added.

The seven-times European number one needs to find that ability to rise from 16th place in the European Ryder Cup standings and 14th in the world table to play in his seventh match.

Montgomerie's appearances in the U.S. Open and British Open are also under threat.

He lies 50th in the world rankings, with only the top 50 after next week's Volvo PGA Championship gaining automatic exemption to next month's U.S. Open and only the top 50 by this Sunday gaining automatic exemption to July's British Open.

Montgomerie can pre-qualify for both majors, or in the case of the British Open, various ways of qualify include from an "Open mini order of merit" that starts this Sunday, from a top placing in the Scottish Open the week before Royal Troon.

His management company have taken the precaution of entering him for British Open final qualifying.

It was not a good day for former European number ones.

Six-times major champion Nick Faldo, despite this week wearing glasses for the first time, finished only a stroke better than Montgomerie to also miss the cut.

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