Montgomerie wins U.S. Senior Open in playoff

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(Reuters) - Colin Montgomerie won the $3.5 million U.S. Senior Open when he edged American Gene Sauers in a three-hole aggregate playoff in Edmond, Oklahoma, on Sunday.

The burly Scot sank a 13-foot par putt to claim victory in the U.S. Golf Assocation's (USGA) flagship over-50s event.

It was particularly sweet for Montgomerie, who endured three close runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open but has never won a regular tour major.

"It's great to finally win a USGA event," he told reporters after coming from four strokes behind, shooting 69 to tie Sauers (73) at five-under 279, four strokes clear of South African David Frost and American Woody Austin at Oak Tree National.

"I've lost in a playoff (1994) and been one shot behind a couple of times (1997 and 2006) and you have to wait to 50 to finally win one."

It was Montgomerie's second major title of the year on the Champions Tour, after he won the Senior PGA Championship in May.

But the man who won the European Tour Order of Merit eight times had to dodge a bullet at the final hole on Sunday when Sauers hit a superb four-iron to six-feet at the final hole of regulation.

"Bloody hell," Montgomerie, who was in the scoring trailer, said as he watched Sauer's ball trickle up close to the hole.

Sauers, however, could not convert what would have been the winning putt, his ball catching the right edge of the hole but lipping out.   Continued...

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