Colin Montgomerie wins PGA Tour Champions event in Japan
CHIBA, Japan (AP) Colin Montgomerie made all the putts he needed on Narita Golf Club's huge greens Sunday to win the Japan Airlines Championship - the first PGA Tour Champions event in Japan.
The 54-year-old Scot two-putted for par from 50 feet on the par-4 18th, hitting his first to 1 1/2 feet, for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair and second-round leader Scott McCarron.
Montgomerie finished at 14-under 202 and earned $400,000 for his fifth victory on the 50-and-over tour and first in nearly a year. He won 31 times on the European Tour and topped the tour's money list a record eight times - seven in a row from 1993-99 and the last in 2005.
Mayfair, playing two groups ahead of Montgomerie, settled for a 66 after missing a 6-foot birdie try on 18 on the left edge. McCarron, tied with Bernhard Langer for the tour victory lead with four after winning three of the previous six events, birdied the final two holes for a 71.
Montgomerie ran in a 60-footer on the par-4 13th in the middle of a three-hole birdie spree, and made two key 6-foot putts - the first for par on the par-3 16th and the second for birdie on the par-5 17th to break a tie for the lead with Mayfair.
Montgomerie birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine - also holing putts of 20 feet on No. 10, 15 feet on No. 12, and 14 feet on No. 14 - after playing the first nine in even par with a bogey and a birdie.
The Hall of Famer will be in Canada next week for his title defense in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in Victoria, British Columbia. His first three Champions victories came in majors - the 2014 and 2015 Senior PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
Glen Day was fourth at 12 under after a 67. Kevin Sutherland, a stroke back entering the round, had a 72 to drop into a tie for fifth with Jesper Parnevik (67) at 11 under.
Massy Kuramoto topped the six Japanese players in the field at 10 under after a 67.