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March 18, 2014
Colin Montgomerie fired an impressive final round 62 but just missed out on a maiden victory on the US Champions Tour as Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.
Couples, the 2012 Senior Open Champion, birdied the last two holes for a 15 under par winning total of 198 to claim the title by one stroke from Montgomerie, American Steve Pate and Germany’s Bernhard Langer.
After starting the final round with a two stroke lead, Langer had a chance to force a playoff, but missed a 20-foot birdie try on 18 and settled for a 70.
Montgomerie’s 62 was the lowest round of the week and began with four birdies in his opening five holes. He then picked up further shot on the 12th, 13th and 15th holes before finishing with back-to-back birdies for his best finish on the Champions Tour.
Ultimately though he came up one birdie short, as Couples earned his tenth victory on the Champions Tour, winning the Toshiba Classic for the second time after also claiming the title in 2010.
“It was a great day,” Couples said. “I was a little salty out there at times. I assumed someone would get to 16 under. I’m just happy I made some birdies.”
American Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson carded a superb second round of 63 – one shot lower than his age – as he finished in a share of 20th position alongside Englishman Roger Chapman, the 2012 European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner.
EUROPEAN TOUR – News
February 18, 2014
Back Home Practicing Before Heading Off to the Champions Tour
It’s good to be home in Scotland after six weeks travelling. I started the year playing the European Tour in South Africa, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. I was pleased the hard work over the couple of weeks I had off at the end of the year paid off. It was different playing 4 rounds again, as opposed to the 3 we play on The Champions Tour! In between Abu Dhabi and The Dubai Desert Classic I spent time at The Montgomerie Dubai, practicing and a few days holiday with the family. From Dubai it was straight to Florida, for two Read more…
December 12, 2013
Montgomerie in the Mood in Mauritius
Colin Montgomerie makes his debut in the MCB Tour Championship on the sunshine island of Mauritius this week, with the Scot in a relaxed but competitive mood as he prepares to end his first campaign as a senior golfer. After turning 50 in June, the Scot claimed his maiden title in the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters at the start of September and is hoping to add another victory at Constance Belle Mare Plage in the European Senior Tour’s season finale. It would be the perfect way for the victorious 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain to round off a year Read more…
November 22, 2013
Montgomerie set for season finalé
Colin Montgomerie will sign off his first season as a senior golfer in Mauritius after confirming his participation in the MCB Tour Championship at Constance Belle Mare Plage, from December 13-15. The victorious 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain has made a seamless transition to life on the over-50s circuit, claiming his maiden title in emphatic fashion at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters in just his third Senior Tour appearance. Montgomerie followed that six-stroke victory at Woburn Golf Club – his first title in six years – with a share of fourth place in the Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) Read more…
November 15, 2013
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal
Last week saw The Montgomerie Maxx Royal host the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, the course I designed with European Golf Design. It was a huge honour for me, for such a prestigious tournament to be held on a course with my name attached to it. When you see a sign saying Montgomerie Maxx Royal and Tiger Woods in front of it addressing a golf ball you think “Hang on a minute, This is all right. It felt very humbling. I had 77 harsh critics out there playing and to receive the feedback I got was fantastic. I Read more…
November 11, 2013
IMG golf client Victor Dubuisson wins Turkish Airlines Open on Montgomerie Maxx Royal
Congratulations to IMG golf client Victor Dubuisson who claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Turkish Airlines Open yesterday. Dubuisson took a five stroke lead into the final round at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal and held off the challenge of a high-profile chasing pack that included Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter. The five-stroke cushion proved vital for the 23 year old who found an extra gear on the back nine on Sunday afternoon to pull clear finishing with back-to-back birdies for a final round of 69 and winning total of 24 under par. It was Read more…
October 23, 2013
Looking Back and Going Forward
The last few months have flown by and I can’t believe we are nearing the end of the year already. Having turned 50 at the end of June I have been playing most of my golf on The Champions Tour in the States. The standard is very high, a lot higher than I realised, which is very good and I’m delighted that it is, because it means when you do well, it’s meaningful. I’ve had a couple of top 10 finishes and am enjoying it immensely. Everyone is very friendly, a lot more relaxed than the main Tour, until that Read more…
September 23, 2013
Aberdeen Cancer Centre Receives a Royal Opening
HER Majesty the Queen of Norway and HRH the Duchess of Rothesay, Maggie’s President, officially opened Aberdeen’s new Maggie’s Centre on September 23th 2013. The Centre, designed by Norwegian architects Snohetta, has been built with funds raised as part of the Monty Maggie’s Appeal, a campaign run by the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation – set up by golfer Colin Montgomerie in memory of his mother – Maggie’s and the Aberdeen Press & Journal. The campaign has been the fastest in Maggie’s history, completed in just over three years, and has ensured people in Grampian with cancer, as well as their friends Read more…
Golfing Legend Monty meets Lanarkshire students
Pupils from Cardinal Newman High School in Bellshill recieved a PE lesson like no other this September, as renowned British golfer Colin ‘Monty’ Montgomerie OBE hosted a sports master class and put students through their paces. Monty, who has achieved 41 professional wins during his career and has won the fourth most European Tour victories of all time, lead the master class at Gleneagles Golf Academy for a group of students currently participating in Sky Sports Living for Sport projects. 12 pupils attended the session and were also joined by Thomas Clarke MSP and Steve Frew, Sky Sports Living for Read more…
September 17, 2013
Cancer centre in mum’s honour is my Major trophy
GOLF legend Colin Montgomerie’s latest achievement, in memory of his beloved mum, means more to him than winning ANY championship. The Scots swing king — who captained the victorious Ryder Cup Europe team in 2010 — has realised his dream of opening a £3million cancer support centre named after his mother Elizabeth. And Colin, 50, opened his heart to The Scottish Sun on why this crusade was so personal to him. He said: “I am famously known for never winning a major. “I feel this is it. Seeing that centre open will be my major, my moment on record that Read more…