Montgomerie Wins on Final Hole
May. 25, 1998
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) _ Colin Montgomerie made a 10-foot birdie putt at the final hole Monday for a 1-stroke victory in the Volvo PGA Championship.
Montgomerie, the European PGA's top money winner for five straight years, shot a final round 69 to win the tournament for the first time with a total of 14-under-par 274.
Montgomerie took a 1-shot lead into the final round at Wentworth, but fell behind on the back nine as Gary Orr, Dean Robertson, Ernie Els and Patrik Sjoland held the lead at various times.
A four-man playoff with Els, Orr and Sjoland loomed after Montgomerie hit a poor tee shot at the 18th. But the Scot hit his third shot within 10 feet and rolled in the putt for the victory.
``I pushed the putt ahead and it just fell in the right side,'' Montgomerie said. ``When it matters, I don't suffer from nerves. I just have to get it in the hole.''
Sjoland, Els and Orr finished one stroke back. The Swede shot a final round 66, while Els and Orr had 68s.
Robertson, Andrew Coltart, Peter Lonard, Thomas Bjorn and Mats Hallberg all finished two strokes behind at 276.