Monty finally breaks through in U.S.
Benton Harbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Colin Montgomerie did something on Sunday which he failed to accomplish on the PGA Tour.
Montgomerie closed with a 6-under 65 and cruised to a 4-stroke win at the Senior PGA Championship. He ended at 13-under-par 271.
The win was Montgomerie's first in a major championship, and it was also his first official victory on United States soil.
"It's been a long time. I haven't won a 72-hole event in America until today, and it's very special moment for me, and my caddie. We've been together for 22 years and we've been trying, my god have we been trying," Montgomerie said. "We come close on a number of occasions. it's great to come here and finally, finally break that duck."
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson also closed with a 6-under 65 to grab second place at minus-9. The two-time winner of this championship missed shooting his age by one stroke.
Jay Haas (67) and Bernhard Langer (70) shared fourth place at 7-under-par 277 at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores.
Mark Brooks (65), Joe Durant (64), David Frost (68) and Bart Bryant (70) tied for fifth at minus-6.
Montgomerie led by one entering the day, and he pushed that lead to two with a birdie on the first. He stumbled to a bogey on the fourth to trim his lead to one.
Langer, who played all four rounds with Montgomerie, answered with a birdie on the par-5 fifth to gain a share of the lead.
After three pars in a row, Montgomerie answered with a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 8. He followed with a 12-footer for birdie on the ninth and a tap-in birdie at the 10th to move to 10-under.
Watson, who was four groups ahead of Montgomerie was making a charge. After early birdies at two and four, Watson birdied the 10th and 11th to get within one at minus-7.
As Montgomerie tried to pull away, Watson was keeping track. Watson made a 10- foot birdie chance on the 13th and followed with a short birdie putt on No. 14 to get to 9-under, where he was still one back.
However, Watson's putter went cold as he closed with four pars in a row.
Montgomerie poured it on. He knocked in a 3-foot birdie try on 12th to move two clear of Watson. Montgomerie birdied the 14th and 15th, both from about eight feet out, to jump to minus-13.
Watson parred the last, and left course four behind.
"I was really happy about those four twos. But I'm really up upset that I didn't make the last putt, because I would have shot my age," said Watson, who birdied all four par-3s in the final round. "It was one of the best rounds from tee to green that I played in years. It was really, really good. The putter felt like a snake in my hands. I missed a lot of short putts today. It could have been a much better round of golf, scoring round of golf. But I missed three or four really short putts that could have gone in for birdies."
Langer tried to rally with birdies on 14 and 15, but he was still five back. He dropped a shot on the 16th, and that left it to Montgomerie.
The Scotsman, who had six second-place finishes in the United States in PGA Tour events, easily parred 16 and 17. To show how things were going for Montgomerie, he pulled his second shot at the last, and it caromed off the bleachers and back onto the green.
Montgomerie left that birdie try inches short. After Langer finished, Monty tapped in for the win.
"I've been swinging the club very well recently and as Tom Watson said on Wednesday, this course should suit me. And it's funny, I kept that in my mind all day, when he was charging at me, you know," Montgomerie said. "It had that major feel to it. I think the golf course made it that way."
NOTES: Montgomerie earned $378,000 for the win ... He became the first Scotsman since Jock Hutchinson in 1947 to win this championship ... This was Monty's 138th start on U.S. soil ... He became the third consecutive international winner, which marks the first time in event history that that happened ... He was the eighth player to win this title in his first attempt ... The tour heads to Iowa next week for the Principal Charity Classic, where Russ Cochran beat Jay Don Blake by one last year.
05/25 20:36:20 ET