Jun 29th, 2015
Maggert takes title from Monty
The U.S. Senior Open
Words: Conor Froud
Colin Montgomerie shot a near perfect round of 66 including four birdies, however down the stretch he was ousted by American Jeff Maggert who produced a scintillating round including six birdies to win his second senior major title at 10 under par. Maggert was quoted saying "it's satisfying just because the guys out there on the Champions Tour are the same guys I was trying to beat over 20 years ago".
Bernhard Langer threatened to contend at points during his round however in the end had to settle for joint third after an inconsistent round mixing four birdies and an eagle on the first, with four bogeys to finish at -7 for the tournament.
Monty said he was "thrilled with the way" he was playing, before talking about his preparations for qualifying for the Open Championship at St Andrews. He also said that the closing three holes at Del Paso Country Club in Sacremento, California, were three of the best holes "on any U.S. Open never mind Senior" which contrasted his bitter criticism of Chambers Bay last week during the U.S. Open.
Tom Watson had started the day with a one shot lead however this final day was one too many for him as he shot a 69 to finish five shots off the pace and well out of the running.
But by the end of the day nobody could match Maggert who sent his second shot into the upslope of the bunker on the 18th to provide some drama for the crowds, however his wedge shot landed four feet away and he closed out in impressive fashion by holing the putt and raising his hands in celebration.