Monty breaks his American duck

Colin Montgomerie can finally call himself a winner on American soil following his four-shot victory at the Senior PGA Championship.

Starting the day with a one-shot lead, the Scot carded a final round of six-under-par 65 – with seven birdies and a lone bogey on the par-three fourth hole – to finish with for a total of 13-under-par 271.

Tom Watson also carded a final round 65 to finish second while Jay Haas and Bernhard Langer were tied for third at seven under.

“It’s been a long time,” Montgomerie told NBC TV. “I haven’t won a 72-hole event in America until today. It’s a very special moment for myself and my caddie. We’ve been trying, my god we’ve been trying.

“We’ve come close on a number of occasions. It’s great to come here as a senior and finally break that duck.”

The 50-year-old Montgomerie won 31 European Tour events, but failed to claim an official victory on the US PGA Tour. He did win the 1998 World Championship Match Play, but the event was unofficial at the time.

The veteran paid tribute to American Ryder Cup captain Watson.

“If his Ryder Cup team has his ambition we’re in big trouble this year,” he said.

“It’s a very difficult task to come from abroad and win in America. If you beat the Americans in America at any sport you’ve done really well.

“I’m very proud of myself, coming from little old Scotland and (winning) on American soil.”