Woods retains Deutsche Bank Open title

 

World number one Tiger Woods retained the Deutsche Bank Open today after beating Colin Montgomerie in a sudden-death play-off.

Woods won at the third extra hole with a par when Montgomerie hit his second shot out of the bunker into a lake. Both players finished their rounds on 20-under-par 268.

It was a disappointing finale for Montgomerie, who having started the day a stroke in front of Woods, carded a closing three-under-par 69 to Woods's 68.

The Scot surged three shots ahead by the second but was pegged back to just a stroke again by Woods's eagle on the third.

Woods, winner of seven majors, was relentless as he took over the lead for the first time in the tournament at the 67th hole, when Montgomerie ran up an untimely bogey.

Within two holes, though, Montgomerie was back level by sinking a brave 12-footer and the event went into a play-off.

There was little to separate the two in the first two play-off holes, although Woods's effort from 15ft at the second of sudden-death provided yet another lip-out.

But Montgomerie cracked as he hit a drive into a fairway bunker edge.

He tried to take on the tough shot but came up short in the pond and a chip from Woods to two feet earned him the title.

It gave Woods his 16th win in 34 European Tour-counting events.

Justin Rose came back from a poor start to card a 67 and finish one stroke from the play-off on 269, two strokes ahead of playing-partner Greg Owen.