• Makes Senior Tour history - first player to win same title three years in a row
• Did the same on the European Tour at the PGA Championship from 98-00
Colin Montgomerie made history by becoming the first player to win the same title in three consecutive years on both the European Tour and Senior Tour at the Travis Perkins Masters.
The 52-year-old saw off fellow Scot Ross Drummond at the second play-off hole at Woburn to lift the trophy for his seventh European Senior Tour victory in only his 15th start, becoming the quickest player to win their first seven events, beating the previous total 20 starts by Carl Mason in 2003-04.
His success follows his three consecutive wins on the European Tour at the PGA Championship from 1998-2000, and while it was sheer delight for the former Ryder Cup captain, it was agony for Prestwick man Drummond who was denied his first win across both tours at the age of 58 after three-putting on the last to close on five-under-par.
"I feel very fortunate to have come away with the win" - Colin Montgomerie
“How can you not feel sorry for someone who played the difficult holes so well?” said Colin Montgomerie. “Ross did all the difficult stuff very well and although he got so close, I’m sure this will give him a lot of confidence going forward.”
“Winning three times in a row was really hard on the European Tour, so that was probably the ultimate accolade in my golfing career. But I have to say this comes extremely close to emulating that.
“I came here to Woburn with a lot of pressure on me as the favourite to win and I feel very fortunate to have come away with it.”
After 490 starts on the European Tour and 125 on the Senior circuit, it looked like Drummond would finally have his maiden win after a fine final round until that three-putt on the 18th. Montgomerie then seized his opportunity in the play-off and after the first hole was halved, he sunk an 18-foot putt on the second to end Prestwick man Drummond’s hopes.
"It’s very hard to take" - Ross Drummond
“It’s very hard to take,” he admitted. “I’ve never won out here in almost three decades and I should’ve taken the chance. That hurts a lot.
“I ought to have wrapped it up in regulation play, but my awkward yardage at the 18th meant I needed a gap wedge and the ball spun back about 30 feet from the hole. I mishit the first putt and didn’t execute the second one from three-and-a-half feet. There’s not much more I can say.”
For Colin Montgomerie, it’s a 47th professional victory across the world and he moves up to 614,011 Euros in the 2015 Senior Tour Order of Merit.
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