Colin Montgomerie had a round to forget Sunday in a British Open he said he will always remember as "a wonderful, wonderful experience."
Montgomerie, who learned the game at Royal Troon, where his father was once the club secretary, finished with a final-round 76 that left him tied for 25th at 2-over 286. He had started the day at 3 under through 54 holes but said several missed putts in the middle of his round ended any hope for a run at his first major championship victory.
"I'm going home now, and I'll think about the whole experience this week and the support I've gotten not only from the Scottish public but from the British public as a whole," he said. "It was a terrific experience."
The British public also got very excited when Englishman Lee Westwood matched the best round of the day posted earlier by American Davis Love III, a 67 that included two birdies on his last three holes, pushing Westwood into fourth place at 6-under 278, his best finish in 10 Open appearances.
Love tied for fifth at 5-under 279 with Frenchman Thomas Levet. And Ireland's Darren Clarke birdied three of his last four holes for a 68 -- 282 and a share of 11th.
Ian Poulter's wardrobe this week has been much discussed, even leading to rumors that the flashy Englishman might even be considering wearing a kilt in the final round Sunday in Scotland. Instead, he had on a pair of natty tartan plus-fours, a tasteful white shirt and a black Kangol cap.
Poulter made a major fashion statement in the first round, wearing a pair of Union Jack slacks. He said he plans to auction them off and donate the money to the Glasgow Children's Hospital. His 7-week-old son was treated there Tuesday for what initially was thought to be meningitis, but was diagnosed as an ailment treated by antibiotics.
"They're not something you could wear again without everyone saying, 'I've seen those before,' " Poulter said in writing a daily diary for the Daily Telegraph. He finished with 72 -- 286 and tied for 25th with Montgomerie, earning about $64,000.
Skip Kendall, the 36-hole leader, had the best tournament of any of the 15 players who advanced into the field through international qualifying at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.
Kendall's 2-under 282 left him tied for 11th. Unlike many of the players in the Congressional field, Kendall had not played in the Booz Allen Classic the week before, but said there was never any doubt he would make the trip from his Orlando home to attempt to qualify.
Carl Pettersson and Mathias Gronberg, two of the three medalists at Congressional, were among seven players from the 36-hole event to make the 36-hole cut at Royal Troon. Other qualifiers who advanced to weekend play were Bo Van Pelt, Hunter Mahan, Rodney Pampling and Bob Estes.
Mark Calcavecchia, who won the 1989 British Open at Royal Troon, had to birdie his final hole Friday just to make the cut and was thrilled to be able to play 36 more over the weekend on "one of my favorite golf courses in the world."
In addition to his victory in a playoff in '89, Calcavecchia tied for 10th in the last Troon Open. On Sunday, he posted 68 -- 282, tied for 11th.