Monty Owns Major Mojo
Edmond, Okla. — Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events.
The Scotsman defeated Gene Sauers in a playoff to claim the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National.
Montgomerie failed to win in 71 PGA Tour majors and four Champions Tour majors until May, when he won the Senior PGA Championship. Now, he has won two of his past three majors to become just the fifth golfer to win both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year.
“You have to play intelligent golf, and I think I’ve matured enough to realize that and play more within myself sometimes, including today — to play away from some pins so you don’t make bogies, and you realize that in major golf, pars are usually good enough, especially in the USGA events,” the 51-year-old said.
Montgomerie reached another milestone by winning his first professional playoff in nine tries. Most famously, he lost to Ernie Els at the 1994 U.S. Open and to Steve Elkington in sudden death at the 1995 PGA Championship.
Martin Takes Women’s British Open
Southport, England — Mo Martin hit the best shot of her life, and it made her a major champion Sunday in the Women’s British Open.
Martin hit a 3-wood that hit the pin on the par-5 closing hole at Royal Birkdale, settling 6 feet for an eagle. An hour later, that turned out to be the winner when Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng both couldn’t stay under par.
Martin closed with an even-par 72 on such a windy afternoon that no one managed to break par in the final round. The 31-year-old American was the only player to finish under par.
Harman Breaks Through for First Win
Silvis, Ill. — Brian Harman won his first PGA Tour title on Sunday, using three straight birdie putts in the final five holes to pull away from veteran Zach Johnson to win the John Deere Classic.
Harman had a 5-under 66 in the final round for a 22-under-262 total and a one-stroke victory over Johnson to win $846,000, along with the last exemption for next week’s British Open.
Anthony Staying With Knicks
New York — Carmelo Anthony is remaining with the Knicks, saying he wants “to stay and build here with this city and my team.”
Anthony made his decision official Sunday with a posting on his website. He writes: “In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart.”
The Knicks can pay the All-Star forward they acquired in February 2011 nearly $130 million over five years.
Harvard’s Lin Joins Lakers
El Segundo, Calif. — Former Harvard guard Jeremy Lin joined the Lakers on Sunday in a trade with the Houston Rockets, who also gave up first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to European center Sergei Lishchuk.
Lin will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the salary cap. The Lakers have the cap room to absorb Lin’s contract.
Heat Signs Deng
Miami — Free agent forward Luol Deng agreed Sunday to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng’s agents.
The deal includes a player option for the 2015-16 season, Rudoy said.
Deng is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Chicago Bulls. He appeared in 40 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a trade last season. He fills a need in Miami, which lost LeBron James last week after the four-time NBA MVP said he would leave the Heat after four seasons and return to the Cavaliers.
Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, after being chosen No. 7 overall from Duke in the 2004 draft.
His contract should be signed early this week.