US Senior Open: Colin Montgomerie emerges victorious from play-off with Gene Sauers after overturning four-shot deficit
The Scot claims just his second official win on US soil after landing the Senior PGA Championship seven weeks ago
Monday 14 July 2014
Colin Montgomerie chalked up another success on the senior circuit on Sunday night as he won the US Senior Open after a play-off in Edmond, Oklahoma.
The Scot took advantage of some struggles for overnight leader Gene Sauers to force the extra holes, and then emerged triumphant after Sauers bogied the second of them.
The title comes seven weeks after Montgomerie won the Senior PGA Championship - his first official victory in America in his career as the World Championship Match Play had been an unofficial event when he won it in 1998.
To take this title he needed to overturn a four-shot deficit to Sauers, but got plenty of help as the 51-year-old Georgia native bogied the third and fifth holes, and then dropped another shot on the 16th after he birdied on the seventh.
His round of 73 was his worst of the tournament after two 69s and a 68 through the first three days, and it proved costly.
Montgomerie, 51, also had two bogies, on the third and the 12th holes, but made up for them with birdies on the second, fifth, seventh and 13th holes.
That put the two men in a play-off, and after both bogied the par-four 16th, Montgomerie prevailed on the par-three 17th as Sauers dropped yet another shot.
The two had been the clear class of the field, completing the four rounds at five under, four shots clear of the nearest challengers, David Frost and Woody Austin.
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