Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Colin Montgomerie wins Senior PGA Championship

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Colin Montgomerie learned something about playing major championship golf at the age of 51 in the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores.

"I learned to concentrate on me, and possibly I haven't in the past," the Scot said Sunday after shooting 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over 64-year-old Tom Watson. "We're always learning, and (Sunday) I concentrated on my own play and could only worry about myself."

The victory was his first on the Champions Tour, his first in seven years and his first in an official event in the United States. He claimed a major in his fifth attempt as a senior, something he didn't accomplish in 71 regular tour majors.

Montgomerie, whose greatest moments in golf have been in Ryder Cup competition, finished at 13-under 261 for his first victory since he took the 2007 European Open for his 31st European Tour title.

Watson also closed with 65, and Jay Haas and Bernhard Langer tied for third at 7 under. Haas had 67 and Langer 70.

Montgomerie offered some comic relief on the final hole when he pulled his final approach some 20 yards only to get a bounce off the grandstand. The ball rolled to the middle of the green to set up a tap-in par.

"I feel fantastic, really, superb," he said. "There's a motto: 'If you fail and fail, you come back and try again.' I've had a couple of failures here in America and close calls, especially in (majors), and it's great to finally win, never mind a Champions Tour event, but a Senior PGA Championship event."

Watson made birdies on the second and fifth holes and started the back nine with consecutive birdies to pull within one shot of the lead. He missed a 4-foot birdie putt at the short par-5 15th hole that would have put him within one shot again.

PGA: Adam Scott made a 7-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to end his first week as the world's No. 1 player with a victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Jason Dufner, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 in regulation, slid a 40-footer past when he and Scott played the No. 18 for the second time during the playoff. Scott then made the 7-footer for his 11th PGA victory. Dufner and Scott both shot 4-under 66 to finish 9 under.

LPGA: Jessica Korda won the Airbus Classic in Mobile, Ala., for her second win of the year, birdieing four of the last five holes to break out of a tight pack. Korda made a breaking 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Anna Nordqvist. Korda played the back nine in 6-under 30 to finish at 20-under 268. Third-round leader Nordqvist finished with 69.

EUROPEAN PGA: Rory McIlroy put aside the anguish in his private life to win the flagship BMW Championship in Virginia Water, England. McIlroy, who four days earlier confirmed his breakup with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, came from seven back at the start of the round to shoot 6-under 66 and win with 14-under 274. Third-round leader Thomas Bjorn (75) shared third place at 12 under with Luke Donald (70). "It's obviously been a week of very mixed emotions, but I'm sitting here looking at this trophy going, 'How the hell, how did it happen this week?' But it did," McIlroy said.

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