'Relaxed' Monty sets early Golfpace at U.S. Senior Open

Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:47pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, making the most of a "relaxed" grouping, birdied four of his last seven holes to seize an early one-shot lead in the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open in Edmond, Oklahoma on Thursday

Seeking his second major victory on the over-50s Champions Tour, Montgomerie racked up eight birdies and two bogeys to card a six-under-par 65 in rain-softened, relatively calm conditions at Oak Tree National.

The 51-year-old, a 31-times champion on the European Tour who played the opening round in the congenial company of Americans Rocco Mediate and Tom Lehman, finished one stroke ahead of another American, Marco Dawson.

"I was patient, I was relaxed," Montgomerie told reporters after covering his back nine in three-under 32. "We had a good time. I was happy with the pairing we had, the three who were playing together.

"We played a lot together over the first year of my Champions Tour life. But the statistics, you know, add up. Sixteen greens out of 18 (in regulation). Not bad statistics, really.

"And then 11 fairways out of 14. You'd take that. So, yeah, just a good run of golf. A good, solid round of golf today."

Germany's Bernhard Langer, who won the Senior Players Championship in a playoff in Pittsburgh last month, and American Kirk Triplett opened with 69s at Oak Tree where play was suspended for just over an hour due to thunderstorms.

Reigning champion Kenny Perry, the hottest player on the Champions Tour over the past year who landed his third consecutive seniors major title at the Regions Tradition in May, was among the late starters on Thursday.


Colin Montgomerie of Scotland tees off on the 12th hole during the first round of the Barclays Singapore Open golf tournament in Sentosa November 8, 2012. REUTERS/Edgar Su