Colin Montgomerie wins in playoff at Pacific Links

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By The Associated Press

VICTORIA, British Columbia — Colin Montgomerie won the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship on Sunday, outlasting Scott McCarron with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.

Montgomerie closed with a 4-under 67 to match McCarron at 15-under 198 at scenic Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA TOUR Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14.

McCarron bogeyed the par-5 18th in regulation for a 70.

Montgomerie and McCarron matched pars on 18 on the first two extra holes.

The 53-year-old Montgomerie’s three previous victories on the PGA TOUR Champions came in major championships — the 2014 and 2015 Senior PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Senior Open. The Scot won 31 times on the European Tour and topped the tour’s money list a record eight times, seven in a row from 1993-99.

McCarron missed a chance for his second victory of the year after winning the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his first senior title.

Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a course-record 61 to tie for third at 13 under, finishing as Montgomerie and McCarron made the turn. The Spanish star played the first five holes on the back nine in 6 under with an eagle and five birdies, then closed with four pars to miss a chance to break 60.

Jeff Sluman (67), Scott Dunlap (68) and Doug Garwood (70) also were 13 under.

Bernhard Langer closed with a 63 to tie for seventh at 12 under. The 59-year-old German star leads the tour with four victories this season.

Fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh tied for 28th at 6 under after a 71.

Rod Spittle topped the four Canadians in the field, closing with a 65 to tie for 38th at 4 under. Jim Rutledge was 3 under after a 68, Stephen Ames 1 over after a 69, and Murray Poje had a 73 to finish last among the 78 finishers at 21 over.

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  1. Dr. Jim Taylor

    Congratulations on yet another win. Great job of hanging in there even though the putts weren’t falling on Sunday. Also, your comments about Arnold Palmer’s passing were quite moving. Thanks for sharing them with all of us.

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