Montgomerie wins U.S. Senior Open in playoff


It took three extra holes, but Colin Montgmerie captured his second Champions major with a playoff win over Gene Sauers Sunday at the U.S. Senior Open. Here's the skinny from the final round:

Leaderboard: Colin Montgomerie (-5), Gene Sauers (-5), Woody Austin (-1), David Frost (-1), Marco Dawson (-E), Vijay Singh (E), Jeff Sluman (E)

What it means: Montgomerie never won a major or a tournament on U.S. soil before he turned 50, but he's wasted no time winning majors and tournaments in America on the Champions Tour. Monty broke through at the Senior PGA in May, and now he has another major title in his trophy case. Sauers nearly birdied the 18th hole to win his first Champions title, but his putt lipped out and they headed to a three-hole aggregate playoff. After both players bogeyed the 16th, Montgomerie made an easy par on the par-3 17th to take a one-stroke lead to 18 after Sauers made another bogey. Montgomerie didn't make it easy on himself. He found the rough on his approach shot from the middle of the fairway, and then left himself about 12-feet for par after hitting a poor chip shot. But Montgomerie holed the par putt to take home the hardware.

Round of the day: John Cook's wild week at Oak Tree National continued with a final-round 66. Cook opened with a 79, but bounced back with a 69 on Friday to make the weekend. He ballooned to a 76 in the third round, but he had another 10-shot improvement on Sunday. Bart Bryant also came home with a 66 after shooting an 81 in the third round.

Best of the rest: Joe Durant, who is bouncing between the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, shot a bogey-free 67 to finish T-9. Kenny Perry also shot 67 to finish T-14.

Biggest disappointment: After opening the tournament 69-69, Bernhard Langer went 71-77 over the weekend to finish T-9.

Shot of the day: Needing a birdie on 18 to win in regulation, Sauers' approach shot on 18 barely cleared the front bunker and rolled on the green to about 8 feet.

Quote of the day: "It's been a fantastic summer." – Montgomerie after winning his first USGA event