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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 October 2005, 10:35 GMT
Monty watch at Volvo Masters
All the final-round action as Britain's Colin Montgomerie wins a record eighth European Order of Merit title from money-list rival Michael Campbell, of New Zealand, in Valderrama.

HOLE 18: Monty pulls his tee shot again and must play his second shot from the far left of the fairway where his sight is obscured by a tree. The crowd are breathing down his neck but he holds his nerve and sends the ball flying over the tree top and onto the green. An armed guard takes up position around the 18th green as Monty misses a birdie putt but then finds the pin for par. McGinley wins the tournament with a brilliant final-round 67 to finish on 10-under as Garcia can only manage par at the last. But Monty has got the prize his heart most desired and the gallery, held back by the officers, let rip.

HOLE 17: This 535-yard par-five hole was a disaster for Monty on Saturday when he found the water and slipped to a double bogey. This time he plays a safe tee shot and avoids the hazard but his second shot flies into a bunker. He escapes the sand with a cool third-shot chip onto the green. But he needs two attempts to sink the ball for par. With Campbell safely in the clubhouse, Garcia gives himself a chance of victory with a birdie putt.

HOLE 16: Monty lays up off the 16th tee and needs three shots to get on the outer limits of the green. He faces a long nerve-testing putt for par, but he makes it. Meanwhile, Campbell has a crack at a monster birdie putt at the 18th, but his effort goes sailing past the pin and he has to settle for par. It means Monty has claimed a record eighth European Order of Merit title as the Kiwi had to finish inside the top five.

HOLE 15: Monty again pulls his tee shot and veers off into the dazzling white sand of a bunker. He gets out with a flick lob wedge but the ball charges 12 feet past the pin and he fails to make the par putt. It's another bogey. Campbell eagles the tough 17th to climb to 14th with just one hole to play.

HOLE 14: Montgomerie clearly felt his tee shot off the par-four 14th could have been more accurate but a decent second shot puts him on the green and in with a chance of a birdie. The ball drifts slightly on the downward slope to leave the Scot with some distance to cover. But he takes a steady grip and delivers to move to within a shot of McGinley. Garcia pars and now shares second place with Olazabal. Campbells pars the 16th.

HOLE 13: Monty's tee shot leaves him around 140 yards off the pin. His second shot hits a slope on the green and it rolls back towards the edge. But a controlled putt leaves him a great chance of par and he duly sinks the ball to remain in the hunt. Garcia matches Monty while Campbell bogeys the 15th and slips down to tied 17th. McGinley pars the 14th to stay two shots ahead at the top of the leaderboard.

HOLE 12: Monty's birdie at the 11th has obviously give him a boost and his fine tee-shot off the par-three 12th ends up in the heart of the green. But his second-shot putt lacks pace and it's a birdie chance wasted. Again he takes his time before making the putt for par. Garcia also makes par and the pair remain tied for second behind McGinley. Campbell is still stuck down in joint-13th after a par at the 14th.

HOLE 11: A slightly wayward tee shot means Monty has to lay up with his second. But he makes the green in three and looks on for a birdie at the par-five hole in the calm conditions. He pauses to wait for the gallery to calm down, then makes the putt to put him back on level terms with playing partner Garcia and clubhouse leader Donald. Campbell pars the 13th to move up one place to joint 13th.

HOLE 10: Monty must regroup as he starts the back nine and hits a lovely tee-shot off the 10th to leave him 136 yards short of the pin. Frustratingly, he gets an odd angle on his nine-iron second shot and ends up in the thick just off the green. He looks on course for par when he chips onto the green with this third shot, but this time the putt is just short. It's another bogey. Campbell, meanwhile, pars the 11th then bogeys the 12th to drop to tied 14th. Englishman Luke Donald has stormed up the leaderboard and strolls into the clubhouse tied for second with Garcia on seven under - two shots off leader McGinley. Monty's in fourth.

HOLE NINE: A massive gallery are now following Monty and Garcia and the atmosphere is definitely hotting up. Possibly the pressure is beginning to tell on the Brit. Once again his tee shot finds a good lie but his second three-quarter effort with an eight iron is well off target and the ball whacks into a tree and bounces off into a bunker. But he keeps his cool and calmly chips out of the sand and onto the green for a very make-able putt for par. He takes his time weighing things up but the putt is just short. Unfortunately, it's another bogey. Campbell, meanwhile, turns for home and pars the 10th. McGinley takes the outright lead after a third birdie at the same hole while Garcia makes par at the ninth to take second spot for himself.

HOLE EIGHT: The Scot gets another reasonable lie off the eighth but the ball finds the trees - again - some 130 yards off the pin. But Monty plays a great second shot to find the edge of the green. It's a tough third shot, through a lot of grass, but he places the ball just inches from the hole then putts in for a par-four. It's a good recovery, but Garcia birdies to join Monty and McGinley at the top. Another par for Campbell at the 10th sees him tied for ninth overall.

HOLE SEVEN: Monty gets a good lie off the seventh tee but his vicious two-iron second-shot swing clatters into the trees and the ball plops onto uneven, leaf-strewn ground under the branches. A sideways chip to the right puts him in the thick to the left of the pin. His fourth-shot chip flies over the green and he is forced to putt uphill from the thick for one-over. It proves too tricky and the ball dribbles past the hole and he needs one more tap in to sink it for a double-bogey. Monty now shares the lead with Ireland's Paul McGinley. Campbell is holding his nerve and again pars the ninth.

HOLE SIX: Monty's drive off the sixth tee is slightly crooked and he lands in the thick just off the green. But it's not as bad as it looks and he confidently chips onto the green and easily makes the straight-forward uphill putt for a par three. Garcia's wayward second shot puts him in a bunker and he drops two shots. It's a great boost for Monty. Meanwhile, Campbell pars the eighth.

HOLE FIVE: Monty's fine drive off the fifth leaves him in an excellent position on the fairway, around 113 yards off the pin. A well-judged sand wedge chip puts him inches from the hole and he comfortably makes the putt for a birdie. Garcia drops another shot and Monty reclaims the overall lead. It's another par for Campbell at the seventh.

HOLE FOUR: Monty plays the par-five fourth safe and lays up from the tee. He makes the green with his third chip shot but he is left with a tricky putt on a sloping part of the green in the back right-hand corner. His putt looks good but the ball misses the hole and he is forced to tap in for par. Campbell is playing a steady round and it's another par for the New Zealander at the sixth.

HOLE THREE: Monty's six-iron drive off the third ends in deep rough, but he salvages the situation with his second shot and his neat chip puts the ball some eight feet from the pin. But the disappointment is tangible when the Scot's putt for par rims the hole and pops out. He taps in but it's a crucial shot dropped. Campbell pars the fifth.

HOLE TWO: Monty's drive off the second tee lands under some low-hanging trees some 100 yards off the pin. He manages to avoid the branches as he tries to close in on the pin with his second shot, but the trees hamper his vision and his shot lands 20 yards short of his target just off the green. The thicker grass takes the pace off his third-shot chip and there are gasps as his fourth-shot putt looks high and rims the hole before finally sinking down for another par. Meanwhile, Campbell pars the fourth.

HOLE ONE: Monty looks a bit twitchy when he steps up to the first tee. But he and Garcia share a joke as they are introduced to the crowd and that appears to relax him. After the applause dies down, Monty makes a solid long-club drive, finding the fairway with ease - some 125 yards from the pin. The Scot's wedge second-shot leaves him with a straight-forward uphill putt, but the ball stops just short of the hole and he is left to tap in for par. Meanwhile, Garcia birdies the opening hole to take a one-shot lead and Campbell bogey's the third.

1120 BST: Monty is just 10 minutes away from teeing off alongside playing partner Garcia and the Scot looks totally focused as he warms up on the practice green. Campbell, who is also partnering a Spaniard - Jose-Maria Olazabal - is already out on the course and has parred the first two holes.

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