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Bear Mountain Championship 2016

Round 3 - Colin Montgomerie claims title in a playoff

September 26, 2016

Colin Montgomerie won the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship on Sunday, outlasting Scott McCarron with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff.

Montgomerie closed with a 4-under 67 to match McCarron at 15-under 198 at scenic Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA Tour Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14.

''I'm obviously delighted with my performance, but it was very sad,'' Montgomerie said, noting golf great Arnold Palmer's death Sunday at age 87. ''I had a message to me that Arnold Palmer had passed away during the round.''

McCarron bogeyed the par-5 18th in regulation for a 70.

Montgomerie and McCarron matched pars on 18 on the first two extra holes and Montgomerie won with a 15-footer on the third trip down the hole in the playoff.

''I kept on missing these putts unfortunately, but eventually got one in,'' Montgomerie said. ''So delighted that way, but again this day will be remembered, unfortunately, for very, very sad reasons.''

The 53-year-old Montgomerie's three previous victories on the 50-and-over tour came in major championships - the 2014 and 2015 Senior PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Senior Open. The Scot won 31 times on the European Tour and topped the tour's money list a record eight times, seven in a row from 1993-99.

He marveled at the course.

''This is unbelievable, this golf course,'' Montgomerie said. ''To have the vision of putting a golf course on this land is quite phenomenal. I always treat golf courses as how many poor holes there are on a golf course, and this is a very good one. There isn't any poor holes, there's not one poor hole on this golf course at all.''

McCarron missed a chance for his second victory of the year after winning the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his first senior title.

''Pretty disappointing, obviously,'' McCarron said. In regulation, missing the fairway and getting the break I did was pretty unfortunate, but I didn't hit a very good shot. But I hung in there tough, I didn't have my 'A' game today, but I was trying as hard as I could.''

He also remembered Palmer.

''My wife knew in the playoff, but she didn't let me know, which is a good thing,'' McCarron said. ''Arnold was one of my absolute heroes, and probably one of the greatest things I've ever received was right after I won in Des Moines just a few months ago, I got a hand-written note from Arnold Palmer. That meant so much to me. He was just such an amazing guy and meant so much to everyone and he's going to be sorely missed. So I'm very, very sad today.''

Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a course-record 61 to tie for third at 13 under, finishing as Montgomerie and McCarron made the turn. The Spanish star played the first five holes on the back nine in 6 under with an eagle and five birdies, then closed with four pars to miss a chance to break 60.

Jeff Sluman (67), Scott Dunlap (68) and Doug Garwood (70) also were 13 under.

Bernhard Langer closed with a 63 to tie for seventh at 12 under. The 59-year-old German star leads the tour with four victories this season.

Fellow Hall of Famer Vijay Singh tied for 28th at 6 under after a 71.

Rod Spittle topped the four Canadians in the field, closing with a 65 to tie for 38th at 4 under. Jim Rutledge was 3 under after a 68, Stephen Ames 1 over after a 69, and Murray Poje had a 73 to finish last among the 78 finishers at 21 over.

Round 2 - Scott McCarron retains lead

September 25, 2016

Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 12th and shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

The 51-year-old McCarron made an 8-foot putt for the eagle and added a birdie on the par-3 16th in chilly, overcast conditions at scenic Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA Tour Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14.

McCarron had a 14-under 128 total after shooting a course-record 62 on Friday. The three-time PGA Tour winner won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his first senior victory.

Doug Garwood was second after a 66. Winless on the 50-and-over tour, Garwood played the front nine in 6-under 20, birdieing the first three holes and the last three. He lost the lead with a bogey and McCarron's eagle on 12, had a double bogey on the par-3 14th and birdies 17 and 18.

Colin Montgomerie was 11 under. The Scot birdied the final two holes for a bogey-free 67.

Scott Dunlop birdied the last two holes for a 65 to reach 10 under, and Jeff Maggert, Mark O'Meara and Brian Henninger each shot 64 to join Olin Browne (67) and Jeff Sluman (68) at 9 under.

Vijay Singh was 6 under after a 69. He bogeyed three of the last five holes.

Fellow Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer bogeyed the last for a 68 that left him 10 strokes back at 4 under. The 59-year-old German star leads the tour with four victories this season.

Jim Rutledge topped the four Canadians in field, shooting a 69 to move into a tie for 51st at even par. Stephen Ames was 1 over after a 69.

Round 1 - Scott McCarron leads with opening 62

September 24, 2016

Scott McCarron birdied five of the first six holes and finished with a course-record 8-under 62 to take the first-round lead Friday in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship.

The 51-year-old McCarron birdied all four par-5 holes - Nos. 1, 12, 13 and 18 - in chilly conditions at Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA Tour Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14.

''I really enjoy the golf course. I love the layout,'' McCarron said. ''It's really one of the prettiest golf courses I've ever played in my life, it's just fantastic. It's my new favorite golf course, of course.''

McCarron won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour after winning three times on the PGA Tour.

''It was a tough day - we had a little drizzle, little bit of breeze and the fog came in and out,'' McCarron said. ''There were a couple of holes where we had to wait until we could see the fairway. But I got off to a good start. I birdied the first three holes, made a couple nice putts and hit some good shots and the rest of the round kept going. I made another three birdies in a row in the middle of the round, and it was really nice to birdie the last hole to shoot 62.''

Doug Garwood and Jerry Smith were tied for second at 64. Garwood played the back nine in 6-under 30, and Smith had eight birdies and a bogey.

Woody Austin and Jeff Sluman shot 65, and Olin Browne and Wes Short Jr. followed at 66. Austin has three victories this year.

Hall of Famers Vijay Singh and Colin Montgomerie topped the group at 67.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the winner last week at Pebble Beach, had a 69. He won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie in July.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 70. The 59-year-old German star leads the tour with four victories this season. Langer played alongside Singh and former European Ryder Cup teammate Miguel Angel Jimenez (69).

Rod Spittle topped the four Canadians in the field with a 72. Jim Rutledge shot 73, Stephen Ames 74, and Murray Poje 82.

Scores

1 2 Colin Montgomerie -15 F -4 67 64 67 198
2 1 Scott McCarron -15 F -1 62 66 70 198
T3 31 Miguel Angel Jimenez -13 F -10 69 70 61 200
T3 2 Jeff Sluman -13 F -4 65 68 67 200
T3 1 Scott Dunlap -13 F -3 67 65 68 200
T3 1 Doug Garwood -13 F -1 64 66 70 200
T7 19 Bernhard Langer -12 F -8 70 68 63 201
T7 6 Marco Dawson -12 F -6 68 68 65 201
T7 2 Olin Browne -12 F -3 66 67 68 201
T10 16 Fred Funk -11 F -7 67 71 64 202
T10 5 Jeff Maggert -11 F -2 69 64 69 202
T12 22 Scott Parel -10 F -7 67 72 64 203
T12 22 John Riegger -10 F -7 70 69 64 203
T12 2 Jay Haas -10 F -2 70 64 69 203
T12 2 Duffy Waldorf -10 F -2 68 66 69 203
T12 7 Brian Henninger -10 F -1 69 64 70 203
T17 17 Steve Lowery -9 F -6 70 69 65 204
T17 5 Steve Pate -9 F -4 70 67 67 204
T19 7 Tim Petrovic -8 F -4 67 71 67 205
T19 3 Jose Coceres -8 F -3 67 70 68 205
T19 6 Jerry Smith -8 F -2 64 72 69 205
T19 6 Miguel Angel Martin -8 F -2 69 67 69 205
T23 11 Michael Bradley -7 F -4 70 69 67 206
T23 1 Mike Goodes -7 F -2 69 68 69 206
T23 10 Woody Austin -7 F -1 65 71 70 206
T23 10 Willie Wood -7 F -1 67 69 70 206
T23 18 Mark O'Meara -7 F +2 69 64 73 206
T28 23 Tom Pernice Jr. -6 F -6 71 71 65 207
T28 2 Scott Simpson -6 F -2 69 69 69 207
T28 2 Lee Janzen -6 F -2 68 70 69 207
T28 6 Ian Woosnam -6 F -1 70 67 70 207
T28 15 Vijay Singh -6 F E 67 69 71 207
T28 15 Joe Durant -6 F E 68 68 71 207
T34 9 Glen Day -5 F -3 71 69 68 208
T34 8 Jay Don Blake -5 F -1 67 71 70 208
T34 21 Mark Brooks -5 F +1 69 67 72 208
T34 24 John Cook -5 F +3 68 66 74 208
T38 23 Rod Spittle -4 F -6 72 72 65 209
T38 4 Tom Byrum -4 F -1 68 71 70 209
T38 4 Carlos Franco -4 F -1 71 68 70 209
T41 10 Esteban Toledo -3 F -3 71 71 68 210
T41 10 Paul Broadhurst -3 F -3 69 73 68 210
T41 10 Kirk Triplett -3 F -3 67 75 68 210
T41 10 Jim Rutledge -3 F -3 73 69 68 210
T41 2 Jean Van de Velde -3 F -1 70 70 70 210
T41 2 John Inman -3 F -1 71 69 70 210
T41 2 Jean-Francois Remesy -3 F -1 71 69 70 210
T41 15 Jeff Hart -3 F +1 69 69 72 210
T49 2 Todd Hamilton -2 F -2 73 69 69 211
T49 2 Billy Mayfair -2 F -1 70 71 70 211
T49 2 David Frost -2 F -1 71 70 70 211
T49 2 Joey Sindelar -2 F -1 70 71 70 211
T49 15 Russ Cochran -2 F +1 67 72 72 211
T54 7 Scott Hoch -1 F -3 70 74 68 212
T54 7 Roger Chapman -1 F -3 72 72 68 212
T54 4 Stephen Ames -1 F -2 74 69 69 212
T57 10 Larry Mize E F -3 73 72 68 213
T57 4 Tom Kite E F -2 70 74 69 213
T57 6 Scott Verplank E F E 72 70 71 213
T60 12 Mark Calcavecchia +1 F -5 73 75 66 214
T60 2 Neal Lancaster +1 F E 72 71 71 214
T60 34 Grant Waite +1 F +5 70 68 76 214
T63 12 Bob Gilder +2 F -5 71 78 66 215
T63 4 Mark Mielke +2 F -1 73 72 70 215
T63 5 Mike Grob +2 F +1 75 68 72 215
T63 29 Joe Daley +2 F +5 67 72 76 215
T67 5 Stuart Hendley +3 F -3 72 76 68 216
T67 2 Greg Kraft +3 F -1 72 74 70 216
T67 5 Craig Parry +3 F -3 75 73 68 216
T67 6 Loren Roberts +3 F +1 75 69 72 216
T67 6 Bob Friend +3 F +1 74 70 72 216
T72 6 Paul Goydos +5 F -3 75 75 68 218
T72 3 Fran Quinn +5 F -2 77 72 69 218
T72 3 Jim Carter +5 F +1 73 73 72 218
T72 25 Gary Hallberg +5 F +6 70 71 77 218
76 5 Mark Wiebe +9 F +4 75 72 75 222
77 2 Steve Schneiter +19 F +10 77 74 81 232
78 2 Murray Poje +21 F +2 82 79 73 234
WD - Wes Short, Jr. - - - - - - -
WD - Mike Springer - - - - - - -
WD - Craig Stadler - - - - - - -

 





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