2014 U.S. SENIOR OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
EDMOND, OK July 13, 2014 – Colin Montgomerie defeated Gene Sauers in a three-hole aggregate playoff to win the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship, held at Oak Tree National, in Edmond, Okla. The two players were tied after 72 holes and completed the final round with a four-round total of 279 (5-under par). Montgomerie made a 16-foot par putt on the third playoff hole, the 450-yard, par-4 18th, to seal the victory.
Playoff Scores 16 17 18
Montgomerie 5 3 4
Sauers 5 4 x
- Colin Montgomerie is the second player to win the U.S. Senior Open in an aggregate playoff. Don Pooley also won in 2002 when he defeated Tom Watson in five holes at Caves Valley G.C., in Baltimore, Md. The USGA instituted a three-hole aggregate playoff in 1999.
- Colin Montgomerie’s victory over Gene Sauers was the first playoff in a U.S. Senior Open since 2002.
- The U.S. Senior Open was decided by a playoff for the sixth time. The winners were: Arnold Palmer (1981), Billy Casper (1983), Gary Player (1988), Jack Nicklaus (1991) and Don Pooley (2002).
Colin Montgomerie (5-under, 65-71-74-69—279)
- Montgomerie won his first USGA championship after finished as the runner-up in three U.S. Opens (1994, 1997, 2006).
- Montgomerie joins Gary Player (1987), Jack Nicklaus (1991), Hale Irwin (1998) and Roger Chapman (2012) as the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year.
- Montgomerie trailed third-round leader Gene Sauers by four strokes entering Sunday’s play. He tied the third-best comeback by a winner in the final round. He joined Bruce Fleisher (2001) and Roger Chapman (2012). Allen Doyle holds the record by overcoming a nine-stroke deficit in 2005.
- Montgomerie set the record for highest score by a winner in the third round with a 3-over par 74.
- Montgomerie won the U.S. Senior Open in his second attempt; he tied for 30th last year at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club.
- Montgomerie was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. He has 31 PGA European Tour wins and played in eight Ryder Cups.
Gene Sauers (5-under, 69-69-68-73—279)
- Sauers had an opportunity to win the U.S. Senior Open on the 72nd hole but his 5½-foot birdie putt hit the side of the hole and spun out.
- Sauers joins a group of six other players who lost in U.S. Senior Open playoffs. The list includes Bob Stone (1981), Billy Casper (1981), Rod Funseth (1983), Bob Charles (1988), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1991) and Tom Watson (2002).
- Sauers held a three-stroke lead after the third round over Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap and tied for the second-largest 54-hole lead by a non-winner.
- Sauers played in his second U.S. Senior Open and tied for 35th last year.
- Sauers turned in his best finish in a senior major professional. In 2014, he tied for 25th at both the Senior PGA and Tradition and tied for 39th at the Senior Players.
- Sauers, who won four times on the PGA Tour, was attempting to win his first tournament since the 2002 Air Canada Championship.
More Player Notes
- David Frost (1-under 283) and Woody Austin (1-under 283) joined Montgomerie and Sauers as the only players to break par for 72 holes. Frost, who was competing in his first Senior Open, and Austin, who was playing in the championship for the first time, tied for third.
- Jeff Sluman (even-par, 284), Vijay Singh (even-par 284) and Marco Dawson (ever-par 284) tied for fifth. Sluman was the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree National.
- Singh was playing in the U.S. Senior Open for the first time and making his second Champions Tour appearance.
- Two players – Scott Dunlap and Marco Dawson – are the only sectional qualifiers who are among the top-10 finishers. Dunlap tied for ninth.
- Bernhard Langer was playing in his seventh U.S. Senior Open. Langer, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open champion, has recorded five top-10 finishes in this championship, including a tie for ninth this year.
- Langer (tie for 9th) had the best finish among the six U.S. Senior Open champions who made the cut. Defending champion Kenny Perry (4-over 288) tied for 14th after closing with a final-round 67.
- Mike McCoy was the low amateur at the U.S. Senior Open. He shot a final-round 71 to go with rounds of 74-74-72 for a 72-hole score of 291. McCoy, the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, tied for 26th. Amateurs made the cut at the U.S. Senior Open for the 11th consecutive year.
- Bob Tway (tie for 43rd) turned in the best performance by the three Oak Tree National members. Willie Wood tied for 49th and Gil Morgan tied for 52nd.
- Joe Durant, Tom Kite, Corey Pavin and Michael Allen recorded eagles in Sunday’s final round. Durant, Kite and Pavin made eagles at the 498-yard, par-5 seventh hole. Allen had his eagle at the 276-yard, par-4 15th hole. There were 14 eagles made during the championship.
- Oak Tree National hosted its second USGA championship. The club was also the host site for the 1984 U.S. Amateur.
- Kevin Sutherland, of Sacramento, Calif., tied for 38th with a four-round total of 9-over 293. Sutherland’s home course, Del Paso Country Club, will host the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
- The total attendance for championship week was 107,217.