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Montgomerie wins 7th Order of Merit title

Colin Montgomerie could not produce the high quality golf he wanted but still clinched his seventh successive European number one title on Sunday -- courtesy of Tiger Woods.

World number one Woods beat Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain in a playoff to snatch the Valderrama World Championship and a $1 million prize, guaranteeing Montgomerie's continued reign at the top in Europe.

Despite a four-over-par 75 in the final round that left him sharing 20th place, Montgomerie's success was richly deserved, if not for what he did this week, then certainly for what he achieved this year.

Yet Montgomerie, after winning six titles on the European Tour this year, was upset it had all come down to one tournament even though he led by almost 411,000 pounds ($673,928) entering this event.

"This tournament makes a mockery of our Tour. A tour of 38 weeks should not come down to one week at the end. It's a shame," the Scot said.

"I have had my best year ever -- and I wasn't safe. I haven't been under such stress in a long time.

"We should look at the situation and not let it happen again. It's an administration problem.

"We beat our brains out to win the British PGA, the Benson and Hedges and Loch Lomond and for what. One event that counts for far too much in the big picture for our Tour."

However, Montgomerie was thrilled to land his seventh number one spot and credited it to his ambition and the support of his family and his management team.

"It's not that I want so much to win it. I just don't want anyone else to win it," he said.

And despite being ranked third in the world, he plans to improve.

"I've got to sort my putting out. I don't hole out well enough. I have to find a technique and stick to it. That's what I'll do over the winter. I'll work it out," he said.

Six victories on the European Tour gave Montgomerie a hefty margin in the money race of 429,562 pounds ($704,482) before the Volvo Masters, the biggest lead he had ever held before that event in his seven years as Europe's top-ranked player.

This year the Volvo Masters at Montecastillo was not the climactic event of other years because of the addition of the new Valderrama World Championship to the calendar.

With his focus already on Valderrama, Montgomerie played poorly at Montecastillo and his joint 16th place finish saw his money lead dwindle to a mere 410,900 pounds ($673,928).

After a respectable opening 70 on Thursday, Montgomerie could only manage a one-over-par 72 in Friday's second round in gentle conditions which helped produce a clutch of low scores.

Another 72 on Saturday left him marooned down the field and when he bogeyed the third, fifth and seventh holes on Sunday, it was absolutlely clear he could not win the Order of Merit title the way he planned, by winning the tournament.

But neither could his main rivals, England's Lee Westwood nor Spaniard Sergio Garcia, and Montgomerie was home and dry.