Montgomerie wins the European Open

July 8, 2007 at 9:41 PM
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KILDARE, Ireland, July 8 (UPI) -- Colin Montgomerie Sunday closed with a 5-under-par 65 to capture the European Open Golf Tournament at Kildare, Ireland.

It was Montgomerie's first tournament victory since December 2005 and the 31st European Tour career victory for the native of Scotland.

His overall total was 11-under 269 -- one-stroke better than Nicklas Fasth (70).

"After nearly two years of a dry spell, it's great to be back," said Montgomerie. "You wonder if it's ever going to happen again. The last two holes, I got fortunate. I was in the hazard at the last and couldn't ground my club and then I holed a five-footer for par, so I had to work for it."

Second-round leader Pelle Edberg (66), Gregory Havret (68), Anthony Wall (65) and Peter Hanson (68) tied for third place at 9-under 271.

Third-round leader Soren Hansen (72) tied for seventh at 8-under 272.

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