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Colin Montgomerie cruises to victory at the Travis Perkins Masters

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Colin Montgomerie defended his Travis Perkins Masters title with ease as he cruised to a ten-shot victory in Woburn.

This tournament represented Mongomerie's first Senior Tour title since last year as he won by six shots and his defence of his crown was convincing.

The 51-year old shot a final round of 67 to leave him on 12-under par at the Duke's Course, well clear of his nearest challengers.

Montgomerie entered the final round holding a four-shot lead over Mike Cunning but the American couldn't maintain his challenge on day four.

Class shines through

However, the lead was just two shots at the fifth hole but Mongomerie's class soon shone through and Cunning could only manage a 74 to finish the tournament on one-under.

Austrian Gordon Manson, Switzerland's Andre Bossert and Montgomerie's former college teammate Tim Thelen were the nearest challengers finishing on two-under for the tournament.

Montgomerie spoke of his delight at regaining his title but gave credit to Cunning for coming close to challenging him.

Montgomerie delighted

“I’m delighted to come back here and successfully defend this great title,” he said.

“It probably looks pretty comfortable, and in the end it was, but Mike (Cunning) managed to get to within two shots and it could easily have been one shot at one point.

“I didn’t start that well, but I made a birdie on the sixth hole and then I just started moving away really."

The Scot also spoke of his fondness of the Woburn course and admits that it is one of his favourite in England.

"So it’s been another great week. There are two places in England which I really love. One is Sunningdale and one is here at Woburn. It’s always a privilege to come here and I’m very proud to win around here once again," Montgomerie added.

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Broken records

The last person to successfully defend the Travis Perkins Masters title was Carl Mason in 2007 but Montgomerie broke two of his Senior Tour records, including one that has stood for 11 years.

Mason had originally been the fastest player in Senior Tour history to win four tournaments, doing so in 11 appearances during his maiden year in 2003 but Montgomerie has reached that total in just nine events.

Also, Montgomerie's winner's cheque of €56,376 at the Woburn Golf Club means he is the first players in Senior Tour history to earn more than €500,000 during a season, beating Mason's 2007 record when he earned €412,376.

Montgomerie also revealed that is his proud to break records of any kind and is now looking to win his next tournament, in Russia.

“It is super to get those records,” he said. “You never tire of achieving things like that, no matter how old you are. It has been a fantastic season for me so far, and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“I’m very proud to win this title for a second year running, and I’m now looking forward to going to Russia to try to win another tournament.”

Montgomerie is looking to become only the second former European Tour number one to win the Senior Tour Order of Merit after Ian Woosnam in 2008.

The Scot won the US Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and also the US Senior Open. He also finished runner up to Bernhard Langer in The Senior Open Championship.

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