Ronan Rafferty closed with a 71 to finish 64th as Colin Montgomerie ended his major drought at last, winning the US Senior PGA Championship by four shots from Tom Watson thanks to six-under 65.
It was the Scot's second victory as senior, his first in an official event in the US and his first major - albeit of the senior variety — at the fifth attempt. Scores
Having come up short in 71 majors on the regular tour, it was a memorable day for the 51-year old, who finished on 13-under 261 at Harbor Shores in Michigan.
The victory was his first since he took the Travis Perkins Senior Masters last year and fully deserved as he held off a charging Watson, who also closed with a 65.
There was a little drama at the end as Montgomerie’s pulled approach to the last ricocheted off the grandstand and onto the green.
After two putting for victory, Montgomerie said: “It’s been a long time. It’s a very special moment. My caddie has been with me for 22 years and we’ve come close on a number of occasions here and it’s great to finally break that duck.
“Now I’ve beaten Bernhard Langer once I think I can probably do it one more time! To play with Bernhard on all four days – a friend and Ryder Cup colleague – has been great.”
Langer’s 70 saw him finish in a share of third with Jay Haas on seven under.
Rafferty had six birdies and six bogeys in a closing 71, dropping shots at his last two holes to finish tied for 64th with Bob Gilder and club professional Craig Stevens on eight over 292.