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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 March, 2005, 09:20 GMT 10:20 UK
Monty records career-best round
Colin Montgomerie
-25 T Wiratchant (Tha)
-20 R Jacquelin (Fr)
-19 A Fraser (Aus)
-18 C Montgomerie, F Minoza (Phi)
-17 E Mizoguchi (Jpn)
GB & Ire unless stated
Colin Montgomerie's career-best round of 60 at the Indonesian Open proved to be in vain as Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant won the title by five shots.

Montgomerie came within inches of a 59 but his 60 gave him an 18-under-par total of 262 including nine birdies in a row to share fourth place.

But it is still not be enough to earn the Scot a place at the Masters.

Raphael Jacquelin was second with Australia's Adam Fraser in third after a hole-in-one on the 17th.

The 36-year-old Thaworn is only the second Thai to win a European Tour title, following Thongchai Jaidee.

His 25-under-par total was the lowest 72-hole aggregate in European Tour history, although preferred lies were in operation for an event jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and badly hit by rain.

"Winning a co-sanctioned event has been on my mind," Thaworn said after clinching his fifth Asian Tour title and a cheque for 125,205 euros.

"I've been trying for a while and my dream has now become a reality.

"The weather disruptions earlier this week made it hard for us but I just tried to ignore it. I concentrated on every shot and if I had missed a shot, I didn't let it bother me.

"I had a good feeling this week and felt I could take this tournament."

Montgomerie needed to win the tournament to return to the world's top 50 and automatically clinch a place at Augusta, but now he must rely on being invited.

I hit my sand wedge in there to about 10 feet away but the grain grabbed the ball and didn't really roll the way the other putts had
Colin Montgomerie

Having come close to the first sub-60 round in European Tour history, Montgomerie did create a little bit of history, becoming the first player on the tour to sink nine consecutive birdies.

Weather delays meant he had to complete his third round before starting he final on, and he finished that with an eagle at the par-five ninth.

But when he came to play it for the second time, he drove into the rough and failed to reach the green in two.

"I had a golden opportunity," he said afterwards.

"I hit my sand wedge in there to about 10 feet away but the grain grabbed the ball and didn't really roll the way the other putts had."

Other well-placed British and Irish players included Chris Williams on 15 under and Paul McGinley on 14 under.


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