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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Monty learns to look after No 1 to end drought

Colin Montgomerie of Scotland poses with the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy after winning the 2014 Senior PGA Championship
Colin Montgomerie of Scotland poses with the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy after winning the 2014 Senior PGA Championship

Karl MacGinty

IT must go down as one of the funniest sounding quotes of the century!

"I learned today to concentrate on me and possibly I haven't in the past," chirruped Colin Montgomerie in Michigan on Sunday after winning his first 'Major', the Senior PGA Championship.

Yet Montgomerie (51) one of the most prolific, entertaining but self-obsessed golfers in history, qualified this remark somewhat by adding: "We're always learning and today I concentrated on my own play and could only worry about myself."

He finished four ahead of US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson after both shot final-round 65s on the Harbor Shores course at Benton Harbor to register his first official win in America and end a drought stretching back to the 2007 European Open at The K Club.

After an exasperating five runner-up finishes at the 'real' Majors, Monty relished this long-awaited taste of glory. "I feel fantastic, really superb," he said, adding: "There's a motto, if you fail and fail, you come back and try again."

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