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Last Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005, 13:06 GMT
Montgomerie back in world top 10
Colin Montgomerie celebrates with the Hong Kong Open trophy
Colin Montgomerie has returned to the world's top 10 for the first time since January 2003 following his victory at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

The Scot has moved up eight places to ninth in the rankings and is just three behind leading European Sergio Garcia.

Monty pounced on South African James Kingston's collapse to win by a stroke in Hong Kong and pocket 116,000.

He said before the event that one of his goals for 2006 was to get back into the top 10 and he has already done it.

"I am not saying I want to be number one in the world, I know that is not realistic, so I am sensible in saying the top 10 is a good and realistic goal for me to achieve," said the 42-year-old.

It was Montgomerie's 30th victory on the European tour, and he was relieved that Kingston's last-hole double bogey meant he did not have to endure a play-off.

"My play-off record is terrible, so I was rather glad we did not have one," the Scot added.

"I have won one out of nine in my career, against Ernie Els at Sun City.

"I have lost my other eight so I was not hoping for a play-off. James was very much favourite in the play-off, I can assure you."


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