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.