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One 2 One British Masters
Marriott Forest of Arden
Coventry, England
10th - 13th September 1998

Par 72 Prize Money 750,000

Final Round Report

Monty storms back to win by one shot


Coventry, England, 13th September 1998 - Colin Montgomerie stormed back into the contest to finish European number one when he won the One 2 One British Masters by one shot on Sunday.

The Briton, Europe's top-ranked player for the last five years, finally ended a lengthy lean spell and lifted the 125,000 ($211,000) first prize at windswept Forest of Arden.

His three-under-par closing round of 69 took him to a seven-under total of 281, ahead of Argentine veteran Eduardo Romero and Sweden's Pierre Fulke.

Overnight leader Paolo Quirici of Switzerland was a further shot back.

It was Montgomerie's third win of the year and his second European Tour success, after victories in the Andersen Consulting world championship and British PGA championship.

Montgomerie's bid for a sixth successive order of merit title started to flag earlier this season and compatriots Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke swept past him.

But Montgomerie showed the lull has ended and his game is back in shape, by mastering high winds on a course where his record is second to none.

In previous English Opens at the course, Montgomerie has won once and finished second three times, including a losing playoff.

Despite starting in the pack one shot adrift of Quirici, Montgomerie saved his victory bid until late. Three birdies in five holes from the 13th finally took him two shots clear of the field. He could even afford to bogey the last.

"I don't know why I play so well here at this course," said Montgomerie, who helped re-design some of the layout. "But I've never been outside the top-two, so there must be something that suits me.

"The most satisfying thing was playing well in such difficult conditions. I've been struggling with my game for the last two months so it was nice to win in demanding conditions."

Montgomerie's prize was still not good enough to overhaul second-placed Clarke in the rankings, even though his rival fell away with a 75 for 287.

Clarke's demise left him a stroke worse than Westwood, who finished in 70.

With four tournaments remaining, Westwood leads table on 614,000  ($1.04 million), with Clarke second on 606,000 ($1.02 million) and Montogmerie now well in sight with 580,000 ($979,000).

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