Colin Montgomerie Wins the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship in a Playoff
Montgomerie picks up his fourth win on PGA TOUR Champions and 50th professional victory
Victoria, BC (September 28, 2016) - After a week of exciting play, Colin Montgomerie won the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, held at The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa in Victoria, BC from September 19-25, after beating Scott McCarron in a three-hole playoff this past Sunday. Montgomerie closed the day at 4-under 67 to hold off McCarron; both players were at 15-under for the tournament going into the playoff. On the third sudden-death hole, Montgomerie (nicknamed “Monty” around the world by fans) made a 15-foot birdie putt to win the inaugural event and the $375,000 US winner’s prize.
This is Montgomerie’s fourth win on PGA TOUR Champions – complementing victories at the 2014 and 2015 Senior PGA Championship and the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
“The game plan was obviously to catch-up as quickly as possible and that’s what was achieved,” said Montgomerie after Sunday’s round. “He made a mistake at the third when he three-putted and I happened to birdie and there was a two-shot swing. And then we were tied all of a sudden, so that was great to get early on. And then you end up in a playoff and again, the playoff, how many chances can one have? Another two chances in the playoff that didn’t go in, and you think ‘Oh for God’s sake, the bloody hell again.’ And then eventually, thank God, one finally goes in. And as I said in my speech, that was the only one my caddie read all week. I should have used him earlier, it would have finished earlier on.”
Montgomerie spent the vast majority of his career competing on the European Tour, before joining PGA TOUR Champions at the age of 50 in 2013. The eight-time European Ryder Cup team member compiled one of the all-time best records in the biennial event, posting a 20-7-1 stat line without losing a singles match. During his tenure on the team, the Scotland native helped the Europeans to five victories, with each coming in his last six years of competition from 1995 through 2006.
Montgomerie won a record eight European Tour Order of Merit titles, including seven in a row from 1993 through 1999. His 31 career victories, which are the most of any British player in Tour history, gave way to a World Golf Hall of Fame induction in 2013.
“On behalf of Pacific Links International, I would like to congratulate Colin Montgomerie on his incredible win at the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship,” said Charles Lorimer, Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Links International. “We had an extremely talented field of PGA TOUR Champions players who put on an incredible event for the fans. We would also like to thank our wonderful sponsors and the more than 600 volunteers who made this year’s event the success it was.”
Other highlights from the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship include PGA TOUR Champions Player Miguel Angel Jimenez amazing crowds at the event by shooting the course record with a 61 to tie for third overall at 13-under. Earlier in the week, McCarron shot the previous course record with a 62 during Friday’s opening round.
Rod Spittle finished as the low-Canadian in the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship field, concluding the tournament in 38th position at 4-under. The remaining three Canadians included Victoria native Jim Rutledge, who finished tied for 41st at 3-under, Stephen Ames finished tied for 54th at 1-under, and Murray Poje, who qualified for the tournament during Monday qualifying, finished 78th at 21-over.
The Event was also able to give back to the community through its official local charity partner – Help Fill a Dream – who will use the funds generated through the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship to grant dreams and provide financial support to children and their families living with critical illnesses on Vancouver Island. The Event’s charitable initiatives will contribute to the substantial impact of the PGA TOUR’s charitable platform, which has over $2 billion in all-time charitable-giving.
Adding to the already exciting schedule of events, on Saturday of tournament week, Canadian PGA TOUR star Graham DeLaet joined the event to host the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Junior Clinic for over 150 parents and kids, all with the aim of growing the game of golf amongst youth in British Columbia. DeLaet and his Foundation also contributed a generous $10,000 donation to Help Fill a Dream at the conclusion of the clinic, to assist the organization with continuing its meaningful work in the community.
All three competitive rounds of the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship were broadcast live by Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world from Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25.
About Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
The Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship is an official event on PGA Champions TOUR featuring the world's premier golfers aged 50 and older competing for a US$ 2.5 million purse. Tournament play at the Pacific Links Championship will be held on the Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design Mountain Course at Bear Mountain Golf Resort, Victoria, British Columbia, from September 19-25, 2016. All three competitive rounds will be broadcast live by Golf Channel to more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 11 languages around the world. For more information on the Pacific Links Championship or PGA TOUR Champions, please visit www.PGATOUR.com/Champions
About Pacific Links International
Pacific Links was founded in 2009 to provide members with a premium golf experience through an innovative international membership structure focused on the Chinese golfer. Pacific Links offers them access to the finest collection of high quality golf clubs in the world. Since 2012, the Pacific Links Network of Affiliated and Reciprocal clubs now stands at over 500 properties located in 20+ countries around the world. With a strong membership base continuing to grow in China, the planned expansion into other parts of Asia and the aggregated population of members from all the participating clubs, Pacific Links is now expanding the brand platform to encompass more than just golf. We are positioning Pacific Links International to be the preeminent Lifestyle portal for China’s HNW customer providing high demand travel itineraries inspired by golf but encompassing concierge services, flights, accommodations, local tourism experience and travel butler assistance. The main feature of a Pacific Links membership is reciprocal access. In the next 10-15 years, PLI will further expand its international affiliate network to over 1,000 clubs in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and the entire Southeast Asia. www.pacificlinks.com
About Bear Mountain Golf Resort
Located on southern Vancouver Island - a region known for its year round golf climate, stellar fishing opportunities and strong local food movement - Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa offers two outstanding courses that combined represent the only 36-hole Nicklaus Design golf experience in Canada. The Mountain Course, a Jack and Steve Nicklaus Co-Design, features impressive landscape and dramatic terrain that lead to breathtaking 180 degree views of nearby Victoria, the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains of Washington State. The course, a par 71 playing at 6,925 yards, sets atop a 1,100-foot mountain and has been assigned a slope rating of 142 from the back tees. The 18-hole, par 71 Nicklaus Design Valley Course, a spectacular golf setting that is nestled in a pristine natural 102 acres of mature forests, measures just under 7,000 yards. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of parks and hiking trails, Bear Mountain is one of the few golf courses in North America that offers an authentic natural setting so close to a capital city. More than a resort and an incredible community, Bear Mountain is also home to Golf Canada's National Development team, the high performance training centre of Canada’s National Mountain Bike team, and construction recently commenced on Canada’s largest indoor/outdoor clay court tennis facility supported by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC. The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa rounds out the amenities offering guests a luxurious getaway with outstanding fine dining options, the award-winning Sante Spa, and the Bear Mountain Golf Academy. www.bearmountain.ca
About PGA TOUR Champions
PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game - including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour’s leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR’s website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour
About Help Fill a Dream – (official charity)
Help Fill a Dream provides hope, help and happiness for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands children with life-threatening conditions. The foundation fulfills dreams, improves quality of life and assists families with care and financial support. Help Fill A Dream is proud to be celebrating 30 years of making Dreams come true. www.helpfilladream.com
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