Colin Montgomerie broke his U.S. tournament schnide in a major way at the Senior PGA Championship. Monty’s six-under 65 gave him a four shot victory over fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson.
Montgomerie was even par through seven holes, but turned on the jets beginning with consecutive birdies at eight, nine, and ten to get to ten-under. He needed to get his round going because several groups ahead, Tom Watson was putting together a charge with birdies on ten, eleven, thirteen, and fourteen to get to nine-under. Montgomerie left no doubt by adding birdies at twelve, fourteen, and fifteen to gain a four-stroke lead over Watson.
Who knows what kept Monty from winning in the U.S. during his entire Hall of Fame career. It may have been running into a hot player at the wrong time or maybe he allowed self doubt to creep in. Coming down the eighteenth with a four-stroke lead and a dangerous hole location on the right side of the green next to a hazard may have been cause for concern. However, Montgomerie pulled his approach into the grandstands on the left, and the ball bounced back onto the green. A two-putt par gave Monty the win.
During the trophy ceremony, Montgomerie spoke about ending his winless streak in the U.S., “It’s a very special moment for myself and my caddy. We’ve been together 22 years now, and…we’ve come close on a number of occasions, and I remember Steve Elkington beating me in the 1995 PGA Championship at Riveria. It’s great to come here as a senior and finally break that duck.”
Montgomerie played all four rounds with Bernhard Langer, and was pleased to beat his longtime friend who also has 19 straight top-10s on the Champions Tour, “Now I’ve beaten Bernhard Langer once, I think I can hopefully do it one more time in my career.”
Langer finished tied for third placed with Jay Haas.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)