• But reveals sadness upon hearing of Arnold Palmer's death
• "This day will be remembered for very, very sad reasons"
COLIN MONTGOMERIE | CHAMPIONS TOUR
Colin Montgomerie said his Champions Tour win was tinged with sadness upon hearing about the news of Arnold Palmer’s passing.
The 53-year-old Scot saw off Scott McCarron at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Vancouver, beating the American with a birdie on the third hole of a play-off.
"It was very sad" - Colin Montgomerie
"I'm obviously delighted with my performance, but it was very sad,” said Colin Montgomerie, noting The King’s death. “I had a message to me that Arnold Palmer had passed away during the round."
McCarron looked to have the title in the bag but bogeyed the par-5 18th in regulation for a 70, with his 15-under-par score matched by Montgomerie to take it to extra holes.
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Returning to the 18th, nothing separated the pair through two shots at it, but on the third, Montgomerie poured in a 15-footer to clinch his fourth Champions Tour title – the other three being majors.
“I kept on missing these putts unfortunately, but eventually got one in,” Montgomerie added. "So delighted that way, but again this day will be remembered, unfortunately, for very, very sad reasons."
McCarron, meanwhile, was gutted to let the tournament slip from his grasp.
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“Pretty disappointing, obviously,” he said. “In regulation, missing the fairway and getting the break I did was pretty unfortunate, but I didn't hit a very good shot. But I hung in there tough, I didn't have my 'A' game today, but I was trying as hard as I could.”
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 six-under with an eagle and five birdies, then closed with four pars to miss a chance to break 60.
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