Posted 4th January 1998
beats Love to win Andersen Consulting
Arizona - Colin Montgomerie held off PGA Championship winner
Davis Love III of the United States today to win the $3.65 million
Andersen ConsultingWorld Championship of Golf at the Grayhawk Golf
Club's Raptor Course.
who won the 1997 money title on the PGA European Tour for the fifth
consecutive year, defeated Love, 2 up, to claim the $1 million first
prize, matching the biggest payday of Montgomerie's career. He won
the 1996 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge in South Africa.
is a game that it really isn't over until it's over and that's the
beauty of it," Montgomerie said. "Even at 4 up, I knew
it wasn't over and I started thinking too much and Davis came back
was 4 up after 32 holes, but Love birdied the short par-4 33rd hole
and the par-3 34th to close the gap to 2 up. Montgomerie then bogeyed
the par-4 35th to take a 1-up lead into the par-5 36th. On the final
hole, Montgomerie knocked his 3-iron second shot from 223 yards
about 10 feet from the cup. Love's second shot ended up 60 feet
away, and after he ran his long eagle putt past the hole and off
the green, he conceded the hole and the match to Montgomerie.
made better shots and closer ones, but in the realm of pressure,
that ranks up there as one of my best,'' Montgomerie said about
his 3-iron second shot on the final hole . "I'd have been delighted
with that shot in a practice round."
Love, who finished
third on the 1997 PGA Tour money list, earned $500,000 as runner-up.
hard to make an eagle. If Colin had my shot on the 18th, it might
have been a different story," Love said. "At least I made
him work for it. I didn't want to get beat, but I certainly didn't
want to get beat 4 down."
U.S. Open champion
Ernie Els of South Africa, who lost to Montgomerie in Saturday's
semifinals, made an eagle and four birdies today to down Japan's
Hajime Meshiai, 4 and 3, to win the consolation match and $350,000.
The 43-year-old Meshiai earned $300,000. (Unlike the championship
match, the consolation match was only scheduled for 18 holes.)
After the morning
round, Montgomerie led Love 1 up on the strength of a birdie on
18, where he came out of a bunker to within inches of the hole for
his fifth birdie. Love, who made three bogeys in the morning round,
drew even with an eagle on the 22nd hole, the par-5 fourth.
went 2 up when rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 25th hole
and a 15-footer for par on the 27th. Love's 5-foot birdie try lipped
out the 25th, and the American made a bogey on par-4 27th after
his tee shot resulted in an unplayable lie.
his deficit by making a 7-foot birdie putt to win the 28th hole,
but Montgomerie took control on the next hole, recovering from a
flubbed bunker shot to make a 12-foot downhill putt for birdie.
The Scot went 3 up on the 30th hole, pitching his second shot 20
inches from the cup for his ninth birdie of the day. Love fell 4
down after a bogey-5 on No. 32, his sixth of the day.
got a good run on me and got me so far behind I couldn't really
come back," Love said. "I didn't drive it well all day.
I was lucky to make a little comeback at the end."
competition capped a year-long, single-elimination tournament featuring
32 players divided into four groups: United States, European, Japanese
and International. Montgomerie won the European group in May, Love
the U.S. group in April, Meshiai the Japanese group in March, and
Els the International group in July.
year, this tournament will be played in February at La Costa in
Carlsbad, Calif., as part of the four-event World Golf Championships.
The renamed Andersen Consulting Match Play will feature a 64-man
field based on the Official World Golf Rankings.
Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course is a par-72 layout that measures