Originally created 11/18/02

Montgomerie wins back-to-back titles



DONGGUAN, China -- Colin Montgomerie won back-to-back titles for the second time in his career, rallying to a two-stroke victory over Thongchai Jaidee on Sunday in the inaugural TCL Classic.

Montgomerie entered the final round two shots behind and closed with a 5-under-par 67 to finish at 16-under 272. The victory, his first as a pro in Asia, came a week after he shared the Volvo Masters championship with Bernhard Langer.

"It shows to my peers that I'm still there, that I've not gone away and that I'm still competitive at the highest level," said Montgomerie, who won $161,500 from the $1 million purse.

Montgomerie played bogey-free golf for the final 41 holes. The Scotsman took the lead with a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 8, and moved two strokes ahead with a birdie at No. 10.

Thongchai, the third-round leader, shot a 71 and finished second at 274. The Thai held a share of the lead after birdies at Nos. 14 and 15, but slipped into second place after a three-putt bogey at the 16th.

"I really enjoyed playing with Colin," he said. "It was a great experience, so I am not too disappointed."

Liang Wen-chong of China shot a 69 and finished third at 10 under. Bob May (68) of the United States and Michael Campbell (69) of New Zealand tied for fourth at 279.