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Colin Montgomerie is looking forward to returning to the upper echelons of the world rankings after finishing runner-up to Tiger Woods in the British Open.

Although the 42-year-old Briton ended up five shots behind the world number one at St Andrews on Sunday to miss out yet again on his elusive first major title, he was in bullish mood.

"My career has been longer than most and it's nice that it's having a little bit of a resurgence now after three years in the wilderness," Montgomerie told reporters.

"It's fantastic for me to get back to a position where I was through the 1990s in Europe and there's no disgrace in finishing second to the best player in the world."

Montgomerie was Europe's number one seven years in a row from 1993 and was second in the world rankings in 1996 and 1997 before the collapse of his marriage coincided with a slump in form.

He slipped down the rankings to 83rd at the start of the year and, despite playing a key role in helping Europe to win the 2002 and 2004 Ryder Cups, had failed to contend in a major championship since the 1997 U.S. Open.

"I started the year in 83rd place, a very, very different position for me," Montgomerie said. "I wanted to get back in the top 25 this year, which was a big goal, and I'm 40th right now.

"I think I have the talent to get back to the top 10 and that would be a huge effort and a huge goal for me to achieve," he said.

Montgomerie, who has won 28 tournaments in his professional career and played in seven Ryder Cups, also believes he has plenty of time to win his first major.

"I feel with putting better and with my life better I can contend again in these (major) championships," he said. "I will have many more opportunities to win a major and obviously that would be wonderful for me."


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