Golf: Montgomerie claims Australian Masters crown

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie has won the Australian Masters at Huntingdale in Melbourne.

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie has won the Australian Masters at Huntingdale in Melbourne.

The former European number one had a closing round of three-under-par 69 for a tournament total of 10-under 278 to beat Australian Nathan Green by a shot.

It was the 37-year-old's first victory in Australia since he first played there at the 1988 World Cup.

The seven times European Tour champion began the day five strokes behind leader Brett Rumford but took the outright lead at his 11th hole and did not relinquish it.

He had an eagle three at the 10th and birdied the next to go in front and although he bogeyed the 14th he was steady enough to hold on and win the £65,000 first prize.

Green, who closed with a 71, had a windfall during the final round when he holed-in-one at the 12th for a £180,000 cheque.

Rumford, who was runner-up to New Zealander Michael Campbell last year, missed a chip-in off the green at the last hole to force a play-off and had the misfortune to watch his ball trickle away down the slope to cost him equal second.

He finished in a tie for third place with Peter O'Malley and Rod Pampling at eight-under 280.

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