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Monty Wins in Style

Colin Montgomerie made it two wins for Scotland when he followed Catriona Mathew into the winners enclosure by winning the Australian Masters at Huntingdale in Melbourne.

Montgomerie with a final round of 69 for a tournament total of 278,10 under par beat Australian Nathan Green by a shot.

Starting the final round five shots behind Brett Rumford Montgomerie eagled the 10th with a three and then birdied the 11th to take the lead, which he never relinquished. A bogey at the 14th unsettled the Scot but steadying his game he parred the remaining holes to win by one shot and claim the £65,000 first prize..

It was the 37-year-old's first victory in Australia since he first played there at the 1988 World Cup.

Green, who closed with a 71, had a windfall during the final round when he holed-in-one at the 12th for a £180,000 cheque.

Rumford, who was runner-up to New Zealander Michael Campbell last year, missed a chip-in off the green at the last hole to force a play-off and had the misfortune to watch his ball trickle away down the slope to cost him equal second.

He finished in a tie for third place with Peter O'Malley and Rod Pampling at eight-under 280.

Selected scores:

278 C Montgomerie (Sco) 72 67 70 69

279 N Green 68 73 67 71

280 R Pampling 69 70 71 70, P O'Malley 68 72 69 71, B Rumford 67 73 64 76

281 P Lonard 70 68 70 73, M Cocking 65 75 68 73

282 D Podlich 69 71 73 69, A Scott 71 66 72 73, J Benepe (USA) 70 70 67 75, A Painter 69 71 67 75

283 A Tschudin 69 73 74 67, S Conran 74 69 71 69, J Wade 71 71 71 70, S Laycock 73 70 69 71, N O'Hern 70 73 69 71, C Parry 67 72 70 74, A Baddeley 72 72 65 74

Selected others:

290 P Fulke (Swe) 74 71 72 73, D Carter (Eng) 70 73 72 75

294 M Norgren (Swe) 70 75 72 77

 

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