Montgomerie wins Senior PGA Championship

By Al TaysMay 25, 2014, 9:44 pm

Colin Montgomerie, who dominated golf in Europe in the 1990s but never found individual success in America, finally got his first win on U.S. soil and his first major championship, all in one fell swoop.

Montgomerie, 50, won the Champions Tour’s Senior PGA Championship on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 to finish four strokes ahead of Tom Watson at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Montgomerie began the final round with a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer. He increased the lead to two shots at the turn, then doubled that margin when Langer dumped an 8-iron into the water at the par-3 11th hole and made double bogey. Langer shot 70 and tied with Jay Haas for third.

Watson, bidding to become the oldest senior major winner at age 64, was 6 under on the day through 14 holes, but parred his way in for a 65.

Montgomerie won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including seven in a row between 1993 and 1999. But he never was able to break through with an official win on the PGA Tour or in a major championship.


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He had some close calls in majors, finishing second five times. In the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont, he lost to Ernie Els in a three-man 18-hole playoff that also included Loren Roberts. Montgomerie shot 78 as Els and Roberts matched 74s and Els won on the 20th hole.

Montgomerie was back in a major playoff the next year, in the PGA Championship at Riviera. He birdied the final three holes to get in a playoff with Steve Elkington, but lost on the first hole of sudden death.

Els victimized Montgomerie again in the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional, beating the Scot by one shot.

In the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, he had a 7-iron from the middle of the fairway to the 72nd green, but came up short, made double bogey and lost to eventual champion Geoff Ogilvy by one shot.

Montgomerie’s other runner-up finish in a major came in the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews, where he came home five shots behind Tiger Woods.

When it came to Ryder Cups, however, Montgomerie had no equals. He played on eight European teams, never losing a singles match (6-0-2). Overall his record was 20–9–7, good for 23 ½ points, just 1 ½  points behind the all-time record held by Nick Faldo. Montgomerie also captained a victorious European team in the 2010 matches at Celtic Manor.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.