Montgomerie wins US Senior Open in playoff
Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events. The Scotsman defeated Gene Sauers in a playoff to claim the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National. Montgomerie failed to win in 71 PGA Tour majors and four Champions Tour majors until May, when he won the Senior PGA Championship. Now, he has won two of his past three majors to become just the fifth golfer to win both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year.
On the 18th hole of regulation, Montgomerie parred, then waited. Sauers’ second shot landed about 10 feet from the hole, giving him a chance to win the tournament with a birdie. His putt lipped out, and he parred to force the playoff. Montgomerie entered Sunday’s action four shots behind Sauers. He shot a 2-under 69 to force the playoff.
American Martin wins Women’s British Open
Mo Martin hit the best shot of her life, and it made her a major champion in the Women’s British Open. From the middle of the fairway on the par-5 18th hole at Royal Birkdale on Sunday, Martin ripped a 3-wood that she first thought was too short, and then worried might be too long. It turned out to be close to perfect. The ball hit the middle of the pin and settled 6 feet away for an eagle. An hour later, that turned out to be the winning shot for the 31-year-old American when Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng could not stay under par.
Martin closed with an even-par 72 on a day so tough that no one broke par. Martin was the only player to break par for the championship, finishing at 1-under 287 for a one-shot victory over Feng and Suzann Pettersen.
Harman edges Johnson to win John Deere
Brian Harman admitted he felt the pressure. The 27-year-old, in his third full season on the PGA Tour, hadn’t been in the final twosome in the final round until Sunday when he used three straight birdies down the stretch to hold off Zach Johnson by one stroke. Harman had a 5-under 66 in the final round for a 22-under-262 total to earn $846,000 and the last exemption for next week’s British Open. Johnson had the best round of the day at 7-under 64.
Tale of 2 Tonys at Tour de France 9th stage
Germany’s Tony Martin took the stage win Sunday, and France’s Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey during an up-and-down Tour de France Stage 9 in the eastern Vosges mountains. Martin, a three-time world champion known more for time-trial dominance, showed that he could climb too; Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali, who has been wearing the leader’s yellow jersey, didn’t lay a hard enough chase of Gallopin to keep it.
Gallopin, of the Lotto Belisol team, said he’d been plotting a move for the yellow jersey since Stage 5 — when he positioned himself for a challenge because Nibali was unlikely to want to hold it all the way to Paris on July 27, when the race ends.
Hewitt breaks through in 3rd try at Newport
Australian Lleyton Hewitt took advantage of his second chances to win a title on his third try at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Playing in his third consecutive final on Newport’s grass courts, Hewitt, the No. 3 seed, beat second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3) on Sunday.
The 33-year old Hewitt captured his 30th career ATP title.