Montgomerie Langer Share Volvo Title

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 10, 2002, 5:00 pm
While some golfers their age might be fading into the sunset of their careers, there stood Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer, still battling as the sun set at the 2002 Volvo Masters in Valderrama.
The two were locked in a sudden-death playoff, but Mother Nature eventually had her hand in deciding the outcome. With the sun gone while the pair were playing two extra holes, tournament officials and the players agreed to call it quits and declared both Montgomerie and Langer co-champions.
'It seems somewhat fitting to share this first place,' said Langer, who went 2-0-1 with Montgomerie as a partner in this year's Ryder Cup. 'We both played great. We both deserved to win, but Mother Nature wouldn't allow us to continue.'
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Montgomerie was able to extend his streak of consecutive years with at least one win on the European Tour to 10, though he strung it out as long as possible. It took him until the final event of the season, beyond 72 holes of regulation, two sudden-death playoff holes and then, ultimately, darkness.
'I'd like to say that it's very fitting that this tournament should be tied, and especially the two people that have tied it,' said Montgomerie. 'I have a great respect for this man. I think it's only right that time didn't allow us to finish.'
Langer shot a final-round 4-under 67 to get to 3-under-par for the tournament, and Montgomerie posted a 1-under 70 to match the 281 total.
Montgomerie came to the 18th needing only a par to win it outright, but missed the eight-foot putt. Birdies on both 16 and 17 got him into that position.
Langer, who hadn't broken par until Sunday, had one of the day's best rounds. Three birdies, an eagle and a lone bogey brought him from three down to tie Montgomerie in regulation.
It was just the second time in European Tour history that dual winners have been crowned. Coincidentally, the first time also involved Langer.
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The 1986 Lancome Trophy was shared by the German and Seve Ballesteros at Saint Nom-la-Breteche after six playoff holes.
Overnight leader Bradley Dredge posted a 2-over-par 73 that dropped him from first and into sole possession of third place. He, along with Langer and Montgomerie, were the only three to be under par for the week.
First- and second-round leader Angel Cabrera continued to implode with a 3-over 74 Sunday, but he did finish in a tie for fourth with Australian Peter O'Malley, who fired a 2-under 69.
Cabrera opened with a wonderful 8-under 63 on Thursday, and led by as much as eight strokes at one point, but watched his firm grasp on the tournament slip away over the weekend.
World No. 5 Sergio Garcia shot a 2-over 73 to finish in a tie for seventh with Adam Scott at plus-3, a stroke back of sixth place Jarmo Sandelin.
Retief Goosen claimed his second straight Order of Merit title, beating out Padraig Harrington as both struggled all week with their games. Goosen finished at plus-12, with Harrington at plus-13.
'It's been pretty disappointing for the two of us the way we've been playing the last couple of weeks,' said Goosen.
'But you've got to play pretty well for a year or so to defend this title, so it's great to come through and pull it off.'
The 33-year-old South African became the first player since Sandy Lyle in 1980 to clinch the money title with just one victory during the season. Goosen captured the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia in late January.
He follows in the footsteps of Englishmen Charlie Ward (1949) and Peter Oosterhuis (1972, 1973 and 1974), Ireland's Christy O'Connor (1962), Spaniard Ballesteros (1977, 1987) and Scotsmen Lyle (1980) and Colin Montgomerie (from 1994 to 1999) in successfully defending the European Tour's Order of Merit crown.
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Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.

Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.

Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."

But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.

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With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.

Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.

The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.

"I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."