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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 October 2005, 20:13 GMT
Monty lands eighth European crown
FINAL LEADERBOARD
Colin Montgomerie
GB&Ire unless stated
-10 P McGinley
-8 S Garcia (Spa)
-7 C Montgomerie, J-M Olazabal (Spa), L Donald
-6 P Broadhurst
-5 L Westwood N Fasth (Swe), S Khan
Selected other:
-3 M Campbell (NZ)
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie landed his eighth European Order of Merit title on Sunday by finishing joint third at the Volvo Masters in Valderrama.

The 42-year-old Ryder Cup star finished four shots ahead of nearest rival Michael Campbell to top the standings for the first time since 1999.

Ireland's Paul McGinley won the event, his first title in four years.

His 67 put him on 10 under, two strokes ahead of Spain's Sergio Garcia, who closed with a disappointing 73.

Montgomerie fired a 74 to end tied for third place with fellow Briton Luke Donald, who carded a sparkling 64, and Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal.

"After a six-year gap, to come back and do it again means my game has not gone," said a delighted Montgomerie.

"It's improved and that means a bunch to me."

I've had a great year and it would have been nice to top it off, but all credit to Monty
Michael Campbell

He also felt his latest triumph was more significant and more satisfying than his previous seven.

"This has been the toughest," he said. "Between 1993 and 1999, I won when players like Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros were not on top of their games, but now I've had to compete with guys who were at the top of their games."

Campbell, who closed with a 72 to finish seven shots behind McGinley in 14th place, said: "It was fun but it was disappointing in the end.

"I've had a great year and it would have been nice to top it off. But all credit to Monty. He played well over the last half of the season. I'll get him next year."

Montgomerie and Garcia led the rest of the field by four shots going into the final round but endured nightmare starts.

Montgomerie, with a bogey at three and a double bogey at the seventh, covered the front nine in 38.

Garcia bogeyed the second and the fifth and double bogeyed the sixth as he turned in 37.

However, Campbell, joint eighth overnight, was also struggling.

He had three bogeys in his final round and, despite an eagle at the par-five 17th, could only manage 14th overall.

Montgomerie and Garcia rallied on the back nine but Ireland's McGinley, who had four birdies and no bogeys in his final round, took control down the stretch.

It's never safe round this course and I knew it was never going to be easy
Colin Montgomerie

McGinley, who lost the final of the World Match Play to Campbell last month, wins 450,445 to move up to third in the Order of Merit.

Montgomerie admitted he had kept a close eye on Campbell's score as the round wore on.

"It's never safe round this course and I knew it was never going to be easy," he said.

"I had a telegraph system to find out what Michael Campbell was doing and it's always nice to beat the US Open champion around a course I happen to love."


Leading Order of Merit positions:

1 Colin Montgomerie (Sco) 1,888,613
2 Michael Campbell (Nzl) 1,687,227
3 Paul McGinley (Ire) 1,552,150
4 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 1,528,351
5 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 1,261,415
6 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 1,235,912
7 David Howell (Eng) 1,215,475
8 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 1,071,807
9 Thomas Bjorn (Den) 1,055,207
10 Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa) 1,006,425




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