Colin Montgomerie Wins In Japan

Colin Montgomerie posted a final-round 5-under 67 at Narita Golf Club to edge Billy Mayfair (67) and Scott McCarron (71) by a stroke and win the inaugural Japan Airlines Championship.

Monty birdied six of his final 11 holes to complete his three-shot comeback victory over the white-hot McCarron.

“The greens were as good as any, and I mean this, as good as any as we have ever putted on, ever,” Montgomerie said. “And we’ve putted on some great, great surfaces. In the 30 years as a pro, these are as good as any we have putted on as a putting surface. Superb putting surfaces. And the way the course was manicured was exceptional.”

Montgomerie finished at 14-under 202 for his fifth Champions Tour victory, and a $400,000 winner’s check.

Mayfair started the day at T10 and five shots behind 36-hole leader McCarron. He birdied four of his first six holes and took a solo lead at 12 under after a birdie on No. 10. He missed a six-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him a 14-under total.

With the T2 finish, McCarron gained $200,000 on the idle Bernhard Langer. He is second in the Schwab Cup standings with $2,267,585 and trails Langer by $327,050.

For the season, McCarron has four wins, three runner-up finishes and 10 top-10s.

Both McCarron and Langer are scheduled to compete in this week’s Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, British Columbia.

Glen Day (67) was alone in fourth at 12 under. Kevin Sutherland struggled to a 72 and finished T5 with Jesper Parnevik (67) at 11 under.


FINAL TOP 5

1 Colin Montgomerie -14
T2 Billy Mayfair -13
T2 Scott McCarron -13
4 Glen Day -12
T5 Jesper Parnevik -11
T5 Kevin Sutherland -11


THE WINNER’S PHOTO

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QUOTABLE: COLIN MONTGOMERIE

“Well, I feel very honored to come here as part of the PGA TOUR Champions and to win the inaugural Japan Airlines Championship. This is the first time that the PGA Tour have played in the mainland of Japan and it’s a big deal, a very big deal. And let’s hope that the success of this event, and I mean the success of this event goes forward and not only allows the PGA TOUR Champions to come back and compete but also allows the PGA Tour to come and play here. It will be fantastic if that time ever comes and let’s hope it does.”


FINAL SCORES: JAPAN AIRLINES CHAMPIONSHIP

POSPLAYERTO PARMONEY
1Colin Montgomerie-14$400,000
T2Billy Mayfair-13$200,000
T2Scott McCarron-13$200,000
4Glen Day-12$150,000
T5Jesper Parnevik-11$110,000
T5Kevin Sutherland-11$110,000
T7Massy Kuramoto-10$85,000
T7Mike Goodes-10$85,000
T9Michael Allen-9$57,958
T9Scott Parel-9$57,958
T9Corey Pavin-9$57,958
T9Gene Sauers-9$57,958
T9Tom Byrum-9$57,958
T9Todd Hamilton-9$57,958
T15Jay Haas-8$37,643
T15Fred Funk-8$37,643
T15Jeff Maggert-8$37,643
T15Steve Flesch-8$37,643
T15Stephen Ames-8$37,643
T15Carlos Franco-8$37,643
T15Jeff Sluman-8$37,643
T22Lee Janzen-7$28,250
T22Doug Garwood-7$28,250
T24Tim Petrovic-6$24,438
T24Rod Spittle-6$24,438
T24Wes Short Jr.-6$24,438
T24Paul Goydos-6$24,438
T28Billy Andrade-5$20,250
T28Joey Sindelar-5$20,250
T28Mark Calcavecchia-5$20,250
T28Kirk Triplett-5$20,250
T32David Toms-4$17,625
T32Jim Carter-4$17,625
T34Joe Durant-3$15,050
T34Tom Lehman-3$15,050
T34Russ Cochran-3$15,050
T34Tom Watson-3$15,050
T34Jong Duck Kim-3$15,050
T39Gary Hallberg-2$12,250
T39Mark Brooks-2$12,250
T39Jerry Smith-2$12,250
T39Tom Pernice, Jr.-2$12,250
T39John Daly-2$12,250
T44Dan Forsman-1$9,500
T44Duffy Waldorf-1$9,500
T44Esteban Toledo-1$9,500
T44Scott Dunlap-1$9,500
T44Tommy Armour III-1$9,500
T44Steve Pate-1$9,500
50Jay Don BlakeE$7,750
T51Takeshi Sakiyama1$7,000
T51David Frost1$7,000
T53Bob Gilder2$6,125
T53Kiyoshi Murota2$6,125
T55Olin Browne3$5,583
T55Tommy Nakajima3$5,583
T55Larry Mize3$5,583
58Kohki Idoki4$5,125
T59Willie Wood5$4,750
T59Joe Ozaki5$4,750
61Scott Simpson7$4,375
62Larry Nelson12$4,125
63Tom Purtzer17$3,875

Credit: PGA TOUR MEDIA, GETTY IMAGES


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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