Eales third as Monty romps to title

COLIN Montgomerie rounded off a sensational season in fitting fashion, birdieing the final three holes in the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius to claim his third victory of the year.

His closing round of 69 for a 15 under par aggregate total was enough to take the season finale by three shots from David Frost, who for much of the day had looked likely to claim his third win in the event.

But ultimately it was Montgomerie who prevailed, adding the MCB Tour Championship to the US Senior PGA Championship and the Travis Perkins Masters titles he had already claimed, and in the process smashing his own record for winnings in a single season.

The €679,147 he earned was over three times more than Englishman Barry Lane, his nearest Order of Merit rival, and served to undermine Montgomerie’s dominance.

But the 52 year old did not have it all his own way on a topsy-turvy last day at Constance Belle Mare Plage, in Mauritius. Montgomerie had entered the final round four shots clear of Frost, but a stuttering start – combined with a quite brilliant one from the South African – turned the tables.

After a brace of bogeys from the fifth hole, however, Montgomerie dug deep and clawed his way back into contention as befitting one of golf’s most prolific winners, narrowing the deficit with a birdie on the ninth and then drawing clear of Frost with that late birdie burst.

Lancashire’s Paul Eales shared third place after a 66, four shots off the pace, while defending champion and former Chorley and Northenden pro Paul Wesselingh was 13 shots off the lead.

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