Colin Montgomerie: first seniors win Colin Montgomerie claimed his first win on the European Senior Tour with a comprehensive six-shot victory at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.
The Scot only became eligible to play senior golf when he turned 50 in June and his win at Woburn has come in just his seventh event.
This week was the first time Montgomerie had played in a standard European Senior Tour event after spending most of his time on the Champions Tour in the United States, but rounds of 68, 68 and 70 saw him ease to victory.
The eight-time Order of Merit champion got off to flying start in his final round with a birdie on the first and when he claimed an eagle three on the fifth he looked to be romping it.
A birdie on 10 just underlined his dominance and, despite two bogeys on the way home, the 2010 Ryder Cup captain was too far ahead to be caught as he finished on 10 under.
Englishman Paul Wesselingh and Spaniard Miguel Angel Martin were Montgomerie’s nearest challengers on four under, with Wesselingh firing a 66 on Sunday, the low round of the week.
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Sri Lanka and South Africa will both be going into Wednesday’s fifth ODI in Colombo determined to pick up a win despite the fact it is a dead rubber.
Sri Lanka clinched the series on Sunday thanks to an eight-wicket win in Pallekele that gave them an unassailable 3-1 series lead.
However, captains Angelo Mathews and AB de Villiers have called on their teams to treat the match as a one-off encounter.
De Villiers was keen to stress that any game for South Africa was important and added that the increased incentive to improve a record of just two ODI wins in 14 matches in Sri Lanka since 1993 should spur his players on.
“There is a lot to gain from the last game,” he said.
“We have not won much in Sri Lanka, so we are very keen to finish on a high.
“All of us, especially the younger players, are getting some experience of how to play in these conditions.
That will be vital for tours in the future.
“Besides, every match that you play for South Africa is an important one, regardless of the state of the series,” said de Villiers.
Missed The South African cause hasn’t been helped by the absence of Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis, who were both rested for the tour, whilst Graeme Smith missed out through injury.
Additionally, injury has restricted Hashim Amla to playing just two matches, and he has batted just once.
With De Villiers blaming the failure of his batsmen for series defeat, it is clear the loss of key run scorers Smith, Kallis and Amla has been felt by the tourists.
Meanwhile, De Villiers’ opposite number, Mathews, is hoping to inflict another defeat on South Africa but revealed that he could make some changes to the Sri Lankan side.
“We might make one or two changes, but we certainly don’t want 11 freshers coming in,” said Mathews.
“In our line-up, we have just three seniors, while the rest are all young players.” “Our main target is to win the series 4-1.” The senior men in the hosts’ XI have been key to the series triumph with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara each making a century and alongside another former captain Mahela Jayawardene adding to the solid core of Sri Lankan batting line-up.
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