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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Woosnam Confident For British

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- Ian Woosnam takes an infusion of confidence with him into this week's British Open but Colin Montgomerie approaches the event in despair.


Woosnam won the Scottish Open for a third time at wind-swept Carnoustie on Saturday with a 75 for a four-stroke victory and immediately reassessed his priorities for the season.


Montgomerie soared to an 81 and was at his wits' end as he struggled to contain his anger and frustration in anticipation of the week to come.


The world No. 2, winner of the Irish Open six days earlier, was joint 16th, all his confidence blown away by the strong gusts that hit Carnoustie.


"I simply don't know where the ball is going off the tee or anywhere else," Montgomerie said.


Woosnam, the winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Singapore and the Heineken Classic in Perth at the start of the year, had won nothing since.


The stocky Welshman's last win prior to this season was late in 1994 at the British Masters and he began 1996 with low expectations.


Montgomerie, who will remain second albeit further behind leader Greg Norman, looked ready to break the habit of a lifetime and knuckle down to some serious practice before the Open.


"This week has done nothing for me for next week but destroy my swing," he said. "My record in the Open is the worst of any of the top players in the world," he added, pointing to three missed halfway cuts in the last four years and a joint eighth on the other occasion without being in contention.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)