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2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Day 3: Monty Wins!

Posted on September 25, 2016

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Monty takes the title; Jimenez steals the show

Day 3 of the Pacific Links Championship at Bear Mountain… And just like that, Miguel Angel Jimenez – aka The Mechanic, aka The Most Interesting Man in Golf – stole the show. Well, almost. Right up until Monty took the Championship after not one, not two, but three playoff holes!

What was that we said just yesterday about it not being over until Jimenez’s last cigar was smoked? Colin Montgomerie may have won the Championship in quite spectacular, nail-biting style, but the first big story of the day had to be the new Mountain Course record of 61 set by Miguel Angel Jimenez. Which makes two records broken this weekend: Jimenez’s 10-under 61 (for a total of 13-under) broke the brand new course record of 62 set by Scott McCarron just two days ago! Jimenez’s round also shot him 31 places up the leaderboard to finish up in four-way tie for third place with Scott Dunlap, Jeff Sluman and Doug Garwood.

Back to the winner though – the day must belong to Scott McCarron and Colin Montgomerie. Especially Montgomerie.

Day 3 proved to be a battle royal between McCarron, who led throughout Day 1 and 2 of the Championship, and Monty, who charged into third place by the end of Round 2. The two went head to head on the back nine, and by the time they headed into No. 17 all tied, we knew we were in for a finish.

2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Playoff

Nailbiting playoff at the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship

And what a finish! No. 18: McCarron only just misses his putt for par – and a shot at the title. This puts both McCarron and Monty at a total of 15-under for the tournament. Which can only mean one thing. Playoff time. Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Playoff – Round 1: both golfers play to par. And back to the 18th tee they go for Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship Playoff – Round 2! Rinse and repeat. And back to the 18th tee for Round 3…

And the title goes to Colin Montgomerie on the third playoff hole!

Monty hung on to finish strong with a birdie on his fourth attempt at the 18th hole for Day 3. Birdie, plus legendary status, plus an extraordinary feat of being the only player in the field without a bogey through 54 holes, proved to be what it took to win the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. (To recap, Monty finished Round 1 at 67, Round 2 at 64 and concludes the three-hole playoff Round at 67 (15-under.) Congratulations, Monty – and thanks for the thrilling finish!

Sadly, this left McCarron having to settle for second, in spite of an incredibly strong tournament which saw him leading at the end of play on both Days 1 and 2. Scott, you are undoubtedly a new fan and course favourite here at Bear Mountain and we look forward to welcoming you back to our course soon.

As for the rest of Day 3, kudos must also go to Scott Dunlap who, for a time, too battled it out for the top spot on the back nine. But in the end his 3-under 68 (for a total of 13-under) just wasn’t enough for the win. And then there was the charge from Bernhard Langer to contend with. Jimenez wasn’t the only power player on the course to prove his #Legends status on Day 3. Langer made a bit of a comeback, shooting a spectacular 8-under 63 and moving 19 places up the leaderboard to finish tied for seventh place for the Championship.

Canadian players also had great rounds out on the Mountain Course today. Rod Spittle shot a 6-under 65, with three birdies at 10 through 12, while hometown hero Jim Rutledge shot a 3-under 68.

But the day must belong to Hall of Famer and PGA TOUR legend Monty. Larger-than-life Jimenez golden golfing aside, it is Monty who takes home the trophy, the 2016 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship title and the winner’s purse of $375,000. And it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

A massive congratulations again, Monty!

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all the players who not only gave us such an incredible three days of golfing, but showed us everything that sport should be. The sportsmanship, camaraderie and fellowship displayed by the PGA TOUR Champions golfers was possibly our favourite thing about the entire event.

 

Favourite Moments from Day 3

Colin Montgomerie birdies No. 10 to move into the lead.

Scott McCarron just misses a par putt on the final hole for the win. Playoff time!

 

More moments worth re-watching from the Tournament

When winner Scott McCarron had this to say about Bear Mountain – Mountain Course

Scott McCarron, we're your biggest fans. Thanks for the shout out. Now win!

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Didn’t make it to Bear Mountain for the action? You can watch the best moments from the Championship here.

You can also relive all the action from the event by going through our live feeds from the weekend.
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