Power Rankings: Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
September 11, 2017
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- Scott McCarron kept his strong play going with a runner-up finish at the JAPAN AIRLINES Championship. (Getty Images)
Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Colin Montgomerie, coming off a victory at the inaugural JAPAN AIRLINES Championship, returns to defend his title this week at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.
Montgomerie made a 15-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole Pacific Links to defeat Scott McCarron, who made bogey on the 18th hole in the final round to fall into the playoff. Montgomerie closed with a 67 for a 15-under-par 198 total. McCarron shot 70 in the final round.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jeff Sluman, Scott Dunlap and Doug Garwood tied for third at 13-under-par 200.
Montgomerie started the final round three strokes behind McCarron before birdies on three of the first four holes cut the deficit to one shot.
Montgomerie’s victory in Japan also came at McCarron’s expense. Montgomerie made birdie on six of the final 11 holes to overcome McCarron, the 36-hole leader. McCarron and Billy Mayfair tied for second. Four golfers held the outright lead during the final round in Japan. They were McCarron, Montgomerie, Kevin Sutherland and Billy Mayfair.
The Power Rankings for this week’s Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, British Columbia: