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SLIDESHOW: Montgomerie takes U.S. Senior Open in playoff
In Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, hole 16 helped to push upstart Gene Sauers to his 3-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap.
But Sunday to close it out, it became his nemesis.
Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie had to make up 4 shots on Sauers to force a playoff and it was accomplished — with the help of hole 16. Montgomerie won the three-hole playoff by parring 18 to win the 2014 U.S. Senior Open championship.
SLIDESHOW: U.S. Senior Open, Day 4
Colin Montgomerie won the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National Sunday afternoon in a three-hole playoff over Gene Sauers.
Sauers runs gamut of emotions
Not the blistering Oklahoma heat on a very difficult Oak Tree National course, nor slipping from a 54-hole lead of three strokes with a final 18 over par by two strokes on the final day. Not even the disappointing loss to Colin Montgomerie in the three-hole playoff.
None of these dismayed 51-year-old Gene Craig Sauers Sunday as he wore the runner-up medal for the U.S. Senior Open and accepted his runner-up check.
He’s suffered through a lot worse.
Stilllwater resident sues Sports Illustrated
A Stillwater resident is suing Sports Illustrated and the writers of a series of articles published in September that looked into Oklahoma State University’s rise to football prowess from 2001 to 2014.
The series said Oklahoma State football players received payments from boosters for no-show jobs and cash bonuses for on-field performance, gave football players passing grades and allowed tutors to do their work for them, female hostesses in the Orange Pride football booster program provided sex to recruits and alleged widespread drug use in the football program.
Montgomerie, Oak Tree National both put on a good show
On the way out of the interview room Sunday afternoon at Oak Tree National, Gene Sauers said he wouldn’t be at Royal Porthcawl for the Senior Open Championship.
Maybe the guy who followed him behind the microphone can talk him into a trip across the pond.
Confidence building for Sauers
At one point Saturday in the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, the leader going in Colin Montgomerie built up a 5-shot lead.
But that didn’t even faze Gene Sauers.
Sauers, who shot 69 in the first two rounds, fired up his engine despite bogeying the first hole.
On the par 5 12th, he zeroed in an approach shot and with a smooth putting stroke, dropped in a 12-footer for birdie.
At the par 3 13th, he missed the green right but nearly chipped in and tapped in for a par.
On 14, he hit the fairway bunker right, then went into the rough left before going into a greenside bunker, where, he chipped up and down for par.
The confidence was built.
Stillwater’s Glasson finds Oak Tree National arduous
Stillwater resident Bill Glasson was no exception on Saturday’s grueling third round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
With only three golfers finishing the round under par, Glasson was among the majority to feel the brunt of Oak Tree National — shooting a 5-over 76 to drop to 9-over for the tournament.
Mad dash to Sunday’s championship top spot
Tee times for the final round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National begin Sunday at 7:20 a.m. with Billy Andrade and Philip Golding kicking things off.
Edmond’s Willie Wood is paired with Damon Green at 8:10 and Bob Tway of Oak Tree will tee it up at 8:50 alongside John Riegger. Gil Morgan will tee off at 9:20 with 2013 U.S. Senior Open defending champion Kenny Perry.
Charlie is in charge
If you’ve got a problem at the U.S. Senior Open Championship, odds are Charlie Pierce will know.
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