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Sunday
May252014

Words We Never Thought We'd See: Monty Wins Major!

...unfortunately his Senior PGA win happened on the same day as two thrilling flatbelly wins by McIlroy and Scott, an incredible Indy 500 finish marred by ESPN's desire to split the race screen with shots of WAG's, and a no-hitter by a golf lover.

But Monty cruised to a final round win in the Senior PGA Championship, holding off 64-year-old Tom Watson who practice putted on tees and would have been the oldest man to win, oh just about anything outside of the senior club championship.

The AP story here and the Golf Central highlights are here.

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05.25.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTom Joad's Ghost
I am genuinely pleased for Monty. This was a great win and his golf on the last day was terrific. To finally win in the USA must be a great feeling. No matter what he says though this does not count as a major- senior majors are just not the same thing.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
worthy of Major congratulations! esp playing with slow poke #1, Bernie L.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Good for Monty but Watson performance for a 64 year old is second only to Sam Sneads exploits in his 60's. Really incredible.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
I heard that all eight of his American admirers celebrated last night.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Part of me roots for Monty, feeling he's a decent guy (except Jakarta!!) and got a raw deal, but...

he really needs to lose some weight and get rid of those man boobs. There is nothing appealing about a male "athlete'' jiggling as he walks the fairways. MAybe he's discovered he plays better when he's heavy, but it's a bad look and advertisement for the Champions Tour.
Mrs. Doubtfire lives!!
05.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMedia driven
Good onya Monty.....
05.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Further evidence that 'senior major' is an oxymoron. I'm sure Ray Floyd's position is unchanged.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterlloydcole
SO Monty has a major now?
Does that mean they don't have to change the entrance requirements for the HOF now.

Next up, the Hall of Famer called Davis!! His biggest contribution tot he hall was folding to Tiger
numerous times to open the floodgates!
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterexcuse me
Too bad they played this at Harbor Shores instead OT nearby (and far superior) Point O'Woods.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
"Senior Major", Champions Tour, Golf Tournament, whatever anyone wants to call it.....Congratulations to the winner, period.

Montgomery beat a formable field, can't anyone just be satisfied with that? Anyone else on here won anything that BIG?

Good on ya, Monty.
I see it as a real major, just as the AMs that TW, Jack and others won were real majors. Ir is what they were eligible to play. When Bobby Jones won, they were majors..

The whole dropping Jacks 2 AMS because TW had 3 was CS- pure politics
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Having had the "pleasure" of witnessing Monty's behavior at several tournaments, he's the only player I actively root against.

Not even close to being a proper major Monty... cry yourself to sleep with your ryder cup trophy (even then you were not brave enough to captain the match held in the US).
05.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonald Luke
@digsouth,

So should the Western Open be included in major totals?

Back in the days of Hagen, it was definitely considered a major.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
I used to pull mightily for Monty, but I have no use for him after that episode in Jakarta.
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
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he really needs to lose some weight and get rid of those man boobs. There is nothing appealing about a male "athlete'' jiggling as he walks the fairways. MAybe he's discovered he plays better when he's heavy, but it's a bad look and advertisement for the Champions Tour.

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05.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGet Help Nutjob
Great win, no matter how you want to look at it. Congrats
05.26.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
If it was, then yes,
05.26.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@Digs

Bobby Jones won the grand slam, as it was then in 1930. Being an amatuer, he won everything he was allowed to compete in. He didn't need the money professional golf brought in then. Walter Hagen won 4 PGA tiles ( then matchplay ) because he was a professional.
But once Jones retired, created the Masters, which became accepted as a "major" and prizemoney increased after the war, the 4 professional majors we know today became the yardstick all golfers are measured by. They are the hardest to win, have the most pressure, therefore greatness is judged on how many you win. Jones had 7. Hagen had 11. Tiger Woods has 14, trying to surpass Jack, the greatest of them all. If Tiger does it, credit to him. If he doesn't, Jack remains the best.
Forget the amatuer "majors" that Jones won, for he won the British amatuer as well in that grand slam. By your reckoning, that means Sergio Garcia already has a major. As does young British hopefull Matthew Fitzpatrick who won the US amatuer. Tiger's 3 v Jacks 2 is nothing to do with any politics, amatuers simply don't count in the major tally.
It's a world game with 4 professional majors, the best play in all 4. 4 it should remain.
05.27.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
E/wold
How ya been?


I understand all you are saying, and it is a mess. I genuinely consider The Players as a real major- it pays the most, has the best field, and offers the same pressure you speak of.

Where I get my view of the AMS as true majors is that JN had ''20'' majors, and then suddenly when TW
05.27.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Sorry- oversensitive buttons... :) when TW showed up, all of a sudden Jack had 18 majors instead of 20. I am not the one who changed the rules, and who is to say that your current overview will not be altered yet again.

At any rate, Good For Monty to get a US win, finally!
05.27.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Hi Digs, not too bad mate. Played Kingsbarns the other week in Scotland, then Dalmahoy just down the road.

Hope you're doing well too.

It used to annoy me when some US commentators would say " Jack won 20 majors " when it was 18. No one ever said Sergio won a major when he won the British amatuer. And no one outside the USA said Jack won 20 either. Like I said, it's professional majors that count.

The Players ? The PGA tour's attempt to create their own "Augusta" Big event, even a bigger purse to make sure the top players show up IMO. Dramatic finish to be sure, but never a major. If any course deserved to be a major, it has to be Royal Melbourne. But unless the PGA moves abroad, 4 it has to stay, or we dilute the achivements of every golfer up to now.

It's not in a mess mate, 4 majors is fine.I just wish there were 2 outside the States instead of 1 we have now.
05.27.2014 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Hilarious people are actually making fun of Monty and discrediting this Major win. No it's not a PGA Tour major but the fields in these Champions Tour events are very deep. Well played Monty!
05.27.2014 | Unregistered CommenterViz

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