Monday, February 16, 2015



Colin Montgomerie seems to be losing his Midas Touch on the US Champions Tour.
He played poorly by his high standards the week before last and this weekend he led after the first round, he led after the second round ... but he slipped down to a final placing of fifth over the final 18 holes of the ACE Group Classic at Twin Eagles Golf Club.
Monty had rounds of 66, 66 and 72 for a total of 204, 12-under-par, but not nearly good enough to hold the pack at bay. 
Still the big Scot picked up a payslip for $76,000 - that should ease the pain a bit on the long trip back to Britain for Wednesday's Ryder Cup captaincy meeting at Wentworth.
Lee Janzen and Bart Bryant tied on 16-under 220 after the regulation 54 holes. Then Janzen won the play-off at the first extra hole with a 4 to a 5. Janzen earned $240,000, Bryant $140,800.
Janzen had rounds of 68, 65 and 67, Bryant 70, 68 and 62.
Esteban Toledo was third on 202 with sores of 69, 67 and 66.
England's Roger Chapman and Scotland's Sandy Lyle tied 10th on 211, Roger with 75-66-70 and Sandy with 70-70-71. 
Chapman and Lyle each earned $26,400.



 Lee Janzen had a good feeling about his 8-foot putt on the 18th green.
Janzen made the putt, then topped Bart Bryant in a play-off to win the ACE Group Classic on Sunday at Twin Eagles Golf Club.
"I was like, 'I have to make birdie here to get in a play-off,' or I make a par and I don't and I'll just go back to the drawing board and work harder on my putting because I had some putts I could have made that would have made a difference," Janzen said.
"But there was a peace that, to me, it didn't matter whether I won or not."
Bryant fought his way back into contention when he shot a 10-under 62 Sunday, tying a course record, while Janzen had a 5-under 67.
Both were 16 under in regulation play.
However, Bryant struggled in the playoff. After a short drive, he had 178 yards to go on the first play-off hole, No. 18. His second shot hit the railroad ties before bouncing back into the water.
"Well, honestly, where I messed up was my drive," he said. "I kind of hit just a terrible little fade out there, so I lost 20, 30 yards. So now I have a longer yardage and shooting more across the water.
"Actually, the second shot I felt like I hit pretty good, I just left it a couple yards right. I thought I had enough. I thought I took enough club that even if I pushed it, I was going to carry the water.
"I think the wind had changed just a little bit from the first time played it and was just enough. So I hit a bad drive, caught a little bit of a bad lie, hit it a little right and it all equals in the water."
Janzen, with 164 yards to go, put his approach shot on the green. He then two-putted for the victory.
"Once he hit his shot, I was thinking about hitting it to the pin, being aggressive, but once he hit his shot, I calculated where's the best place to be to make a 4?," Janzen said. 
"Long was no good. If I brought long into play and went left at all, it goes down left of the green and that's an extremely hard chip, so I was very content to be short and left. I just had to be disciplined enough to aim it left at the front of the green and hit it there, so that's what I did with a 7-iron."
Janzen, the U.S. Open champion in 1993 and 1998, hadn't won an individual tournament for more than 16 years, spanning 413 starts.
"I work on my game in a certain way so I'm going to do the best I can on every shot and I don't need to worry about what people think, whether I hit a good shot or a bad shot," Janzen said. "I used to have a terrible temper and threw clubs and carried on.
"That was really the breakthrough was to realize I was only doing that because I was too worried about what other people thought about my golf game, so I felt like I had to get mad to show them that I was better than that, which was just ridiculous."
The tournament also was emotional for Bryant, who had to compose himself during a TV interview after he finished his 54th hole. His mother attended her first tournament since her husband died in May.
"I really thought about it at the beginning of the week how cool it would be if Brad or I could pull something off and just couldn't quite get it done," he said.
 "I hate to say it, there might have been a little bit when you get done and ready to go in a playoff, you don't want to get emotional, you need to get tough and ready to go to a play-off. I think I lost a little bit of that, but I wouldn't trade it for the world."
Colin Montgomerie entered the day at 12 under and with a 1-shot lead. He opened with a birdie but then alternated birdies and bogeys on Nos. 10-13. He also bogeyed No. 18 to fall into fifth place.
Esteban Toledo, who shot a 6-under 66 Sunday, finished third at 14 under.
Paul Goydos, the champion last week at The Allianz Championship, finished 7 under.
Kirk Triplett, the defending ACE Group Classic champion, finished 2 under after going 68-72-74.
Bernhard Langer, who was at 7 under, withdrew from the tournament and returned home to Boca Raton to be with daughter Christina. She had back surgery five weeks earlier.



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