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Colin Montgomerie wins senior PGA Championship

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Colin Montgomerie has won the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Michigan by four shots after a superb final round of 65.

The win represents the Scot's first senior major at the fifth attempt after famously having never won a major as a regular professional.

It was Montgomerie's first victory of any description as a senior and also his first individual triumph on American soil.

Montgomerie, who captained Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2010, won 31 times on the European Tour but had struggled in America.

The 50-year completed four rounds, all below 70, to finish the tournament on 13-under par.

His only previous victory in the US was at the 1998 World Championship Match Play event, which at the time was unofficial.

"It's been a long time. It's a very special moment," he said after his win.

"We've come close on a number of occasions and it's great to finally break that duck."

Five-time Open champion Tom Watson was Montgomerie's nearest challenger as he also carded a final round of 65 but was still four shots adrift of the eventual winner.

Jay Haas and Bernhard Langer were tied in four place on seven-under par for the tournament after signing rounds of 67 and 70 respectively.

Montgomerie had breathing space going onto the final hole and he was able to laugh after pulling his final approach shot horribly only get bounce off the grandstand. The ball luckily rolled to the middle of the green allowing him to tap in for par.

Eight-time major winner Watson looked like he could challenge Montgomerie at one stage during the day as he birdied the second and fifth holes. He also picked up to further shots on the back nine to put pressure on the Scot.

Mongomerie, whose lead had been trimmed to just one shot, responded by producing three consecutive birdies on eight, nine and 10.

Montgomerie turned on the style even more with three further birdies at 12, 14 and 15 to see him pull clear of Watson. If things had been slightly different his pulled approach could have seen Mongomerie throw away the lead on the final hole but after a large slice of luck he, and the crowd, was able to see the funny side of it.

Twice Masters champion Langer had been in contention throughout the tournament but finished six strokes adrift after a double bogey on the 11th hole. Haas also couldn't catch the runaway leader as his round consisted of six birdies and two bogeys.

Montgomerie became eligible for the Senior Tour when he turned 50 in June 2013.

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