Montgomerie wins Dunhill Links Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:49 IST

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie came from five strokes behind to win the Dunhill Links Championship.

Montgomerie wins Dunhill Links Championship

St Andrews: After the entire field played the first three rounds on three different courses - St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie - those who had made the cut were back at the Old Course at St. Andrews for the final day of the Dunhill Links Championship. Englishman Kenneth Ferrie was 13-under par overnight and five shots clear, but those back down the leaderboard hadn't given up hope with Henrik Stenson setting up a birdie at the 14th to give himself a chance. In the end his seven-under par total wasn't enough for victory, although he did team with Rurik Gobel to win the pro-am teams event. Padraig Harrington won this event in 2003 and a birdie at the par-4 12th gave the Irishman some hope of another triumph, but he too finished at seven-under after a bogey at the Road Hole 17th. Denmark's Anders Hansen also finished at seven-under in the tie for third, helped by a lovely birdie putt at the 7th. Ferrie had fired a five-under 67 at St. Andrews on Saturday to storm into a five-shot lead. The Englishman still seemed in control of the tournament when a two-putt at the par-5 5th allowed him to pick up another shot and move to 14 under. But that was to be his last birdie of the day, and three dropped shots on the next two holes really affected Ferrie's round. The pivotal moment of the day came at the par-4 15th, when Ferrie missed his par putt to drop to nine-under. His playing partner Colin Montgomerie sensed that it was his moment, and a massive birdie putt took him to nine-under as well. The Scotsman was then well placed to go one better than he did in this year's British Open at St. Andrews, where he finished runner-up to Tiger Woods. They were still level heading down the famous 18th hole, but Montgomerie had a short birdie putt to record his first victory since last year's Singapore Masters. He finished at nine-under after a closing round 71, while Ferrie's par at the last left him one shot behind. It was a proud moment for the Scot to win on home territory, and the $800,000 US dollar first prize lifted him into second place on the European Order of Merit.The 662,415 points also took the 42 year-old to the top of Europe's Ryder Cup table. (AP)

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