MONTY MAS­TER­CLASS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Barry Havenga

Colin Mont­gomerie caps a stel­lar year in se­nior golf.

It was a dream sit­u­a­tion for tour­na­ment pro­mot­ers: The two head­line acts, Monty and Frosty, tied for the lead head­ing into the back nine on Sun­day in the trop­i­cal par­adise of Con­stance’s Belle Mare Plage re­sort in Mau­ri­tius.

Two-time MCB Tour Cham­pi­onship win­ner David Frost had never nished out of the top-5 in his pre­vi­ous six ap­pear­ances over the Leg­end Course, and the South African opened with a seven-un­der­par 65 (six-un­der the last six holes), three clear of Colin Mont­gomerie and com­pa­triot Chris Wil­liams, the 59-year-old from Serengeti Es­tate.

Monty re­sponded with a cours­ere­cord equalling 64 on day two – match­ing Frost’s open­ing round from 2012 – thanks to an ex­cep­tional birdie-ea­gle-birdie nish. He holed out for an ace on 17 with an 8-iron from 150 me­tres, and came home in 30 to lead by four from Wil­liams and Frost, whose se­cond round was a 71.

Mont­gomerie stut­tered early in the nal round, re­lin­quish­ing the lead brie y to Frost be­fore the South African su ered lapses in con­cen­tra­tion with bo­geys at 12 and 14. Be tting one of golf’s most proli c win­ners – 48 vic­to­ries world­wide since turn­ing pro in 1987 – the eight-time Euro­pean Tour Or­der of Merit cham­pion

nished in style with three straight birdies to snatch the ti­tle from Frost, who was se­cond for the third time in Mau­ri­tius.

Wil­liams holed a 25-foot birdie putt at 18 to break 70 for the third straight day and tie English­man Paul Eales for third.

“This win is right up there,” said a re­lieved Monty, who added a se­cond con­sec­u­tive Euro­pean Se­nior Tour Or­der of Merit ti­tle to his tro­phy cab­i­net. “The 64 re­ally set me up, but David (Frost) pushed me all the way.To birdie the last three holes gave me great sat­is­fac­tion and in the end the 17th hole was the di er­ence this week.” Mont­gomerie played the nal three holes in 9-un­der over the three rounds, need­ing only two putts on the penul­ti­mate hole with a 2-1-2 re­turn.

Colin Mont­gomerie caps an­other stel­lar se­nior year with vic­tory at the MCB Tour Cham­pi­onship at Con­stance Belle Mare Plage in Mau­ri­tius. By Barry Havenga

The Leg­end Course at

Belle Mare Plage.

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