Golf Roundup: Montgomerie captures U.S. Senior Open
Colin Montgomerie won the U.S. Senior Open when he edged American Gene Sauers in a three-hole playoff in Edmond, Okla., on Sunday.
The burly Scot sank a 13-foot par putt to claim his first playoff victory in nine attempts on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Champions Tour combined.
Montgomerie carded a closing 69 to tie Sauers (73) at 5-under 279, four strokes ahead of South African David Frost and American Woody Austin at Oak Tree National.
The playoff was decided on a three-hole aggregate score, and Montgomerie played them in one-over.
Harman harvests John Deere win
American Brian Harman clinched a late ticket to the British Open when he won the John Deere Classic by one stroke in Silvis, Ill., on Sunday.
The left-hander handled the pressure of leading to card a closing five-under-par 66 at TPC John Deere Run.
He had the luxury of three-putting the final hole, tapping in from six inches to finish at 22-under 262, while compatriot Zach Johnson (64) was second at 21-under.
“I bought my passport and a couple of jackets. I can’t wait to get on that plane,” Harman told CBS television.
Rose wins Scottish Open
Britain’s Justin Rose will arrive at next week’s British Open championship on a hot streak after cruising to the Scottish Open title on Sunday in Aberdeen.
Rose, ranked sixth in the world, carded a 65, his best round of the weekend, to end two shots ahead of Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg who ended with a 66.
In ideal scoring conditions, Rose began the day tied for the lead with Scotland’s Marc Warren, but while his playing partner struggled, Rose birdied four of the first six holes to take control and never looked back.
His only moment of alarm on the sweeping links course next to the North Sea was at the 16th, where he needed an up-and-down to avoid dropping a shot.
“This is my first professional win in Scotland so it means a lot,” Rose said.
“This is a great tournament. There’s definitely something special about playing golf up here and the golfing crowd are so knowledgeable and I’ve really got to love this golf course.”
“I couldn’t have scripted it better,” he said. “I’ve never won two in a row and I’ve certainly never won three in a row so I’m in uncharted territory.”
His victory followed a playoff success over American Shawn Stefani two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.
The British Open begins on Thursday at Hoylake near Liverpool.
Martin takes women’s British Open
An eagle at the 18th hole gave American Mo Martin a surprise victory in the women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.
It was her first LPGA Tour win of any kind.
Martin carded a par 72 in windy conditions on the final day to finish at 1-under-par 287, one stroke ahead of China’s Shanshan Feng and Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, who both shot final round 75s.
Martin had one birdie and three bogeys to go with her eagle on the par-5 last hole.
South Korea’s Park Inbee, the overnight leader, was fourth.