Monty finishes third after trip to hospital


Colin Montgomerie shot a 3-under 68 Sunday and finished in third place at the Senior Players Championship just hours after a trip to the hospital.

As first reported by Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, Montgomerie went to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday morning with chest pains.

After tests, Montgomerie left the hospital and was cleared to play his final round.

"I had some morning really, some day," he said after his round, having a bit of a laugh. "I finished up in the hospital this morning, and the Massachusetts General Hopsital really did a hell of a job, I must admit it. The thoroughness of what they did was really unbelievable. I was just having some chest pains last night, and when you're on your own in a hotel room, that's not a great idea. So I decided to have a check-up this morning, and they were so thorough - unbelievable. I'm glad that everything came out negative, so that gave me some confidence to go forward today."

Back at Belmont Country Club, Montgomerie went out in 4-under 32 before slowing down and coming in 1 over on the back.

After recounting his struggles on the inward half, Montgomerie, laughing again, added: "I suppose getting third out of that was a result after spending the morning in the hospital."

The 51-year-old has finished third or better in four of his last six Champions Tour majors, with three victories. He and Sunday's champion Bernhard Langer have won six of the last seven majors.