Notes: Monty's win, Hoylake awaits and more
July 14, 2014
By Mark Williams, PGATOUR.COM
- Tom Watson opened with a 1-over 73 in his 37th Open Championship and 141st major appearance. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Colin Montgomerie sank a 15-foot putt for par on the third hole of an aggregate playoff with Gene Sauers to claim the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National. Montgomerie battled the 100 degree heat to win his second major title this year, having won the Senior PGA Championship in May in Michigan. Montgomerie also earned 1,260 Charles Schwab Cup points to take the lead from Bernhard Langer in the season-long race.
Colin Montgomerie became the third consecutive European player to win two major championships in the same year. Bernhard Langer won back-to-back majors in 2010 and Roger Chapman won two majors in 2012.
Woody Austin finished T3 (with David Frost) in his Champions Tour debut at the U.S. Senior Open. The four-time PGA TOUR winner closed with a 1-under-par 70 to finish T3. Kevin Sutherland, who was also making his debut, finished T38.
After four major championships this year, only two players have posted top-10 finishes in each of those championships - Bernhard Langer (1/Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, T9/Regions Tradition, T3/Senior PGA Championship, T9/U.S. Senior Open) and Joe Durant (T9/Regions Tradition, T5/Senior PGA Championship, T6/Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, T9/U.S. Senior Open).
Champions Tour professionals exempt for the Open Championship at Hoylake include Sir Nick Faldo, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson and Mark Wiebe. Former Open Champions Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia and Mark O’Meara have withdrawn.
The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex will be played at Royal Porthcawl GC in Wales the week after The Open Championship on July 21-27.
The Community Foundation of South Central Kentucky will honor Charles Schwab Cup champion Kenny Perry as its Southcentral Kentuckian of the Year. The award will be presented this week at Carroll Knicely Center in Bowling Green.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
Colin Montgomerie took full advantage of the double points being available last week. By earning 1,260 points at the U.S. Senior Open, Montgomerie took over the top spot in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with 2,543 points. Bernhard Langer had led the race since the first event of the year and is now in second place with 2,520 after tying for ninth place here. Jay Haas is third with 1,480 points.
17 - Marco Dawson and Colin Montgomerie led all players with 17 birdies at the U.S. Senior Open.
ON THIS DATE
7/15/90 – Michael Allen fires a closing-round 63 to win the Bell’s Scottish Open by two strokes over Jose-Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam.
7/20/03 – Craig Stadler comes from eight shots back in the final round and becomes the first Champions Tour player to win a PGA TOUR crown when he captures the B.C. Open by one stroke in Endicott, NY. One week earlier, Stadler had won the Champions Tour’s Ford Senior Players Championship in Detroit.
DID YOU KNOW?
With Royal Porthcawl GC in Wales hosting the upcoming Senior Open Championship, the number of countries outside of the United States to hold Champions Tour tournaments increases to nine. Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, South Korea, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland have also held Champions Tour events.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I got it winning the first tournament in Hawaii, and that's the Charles Schwab Cup (caddy) bib. I'd like to keep it to the very end. I don't think that has been done very often, and that would be a unique thing." – Bernhard Langer comments before the U.S. Senior Open while attempting to become the first player in history to lead the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race from start to finish. He finished T9 and lost the Schwab Cup points lead to the championship winner Colin Montgomerie.
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