Colin Montgomerie who held a strong overnight lead had a disastrous start to today’s final round of the Victor Chandler British Masters at Woburn. With bogeys at the second, the fifth, the sixth and the seventh Montgomerie went from three ahead to three behind. American Bob May, runner-up to Gary Wolstenholme at the 1991 British Amateur at Ganton, took advantage and went clear of Montgomerie and Christopher Hanell. May was still two shots clear coming to the last but both he and Montgomerie found a greenside bunker. May chipped to six feet and had two putts to win. The first ran two feet past, but after Montgomerie had birdied he holed for the title. Montgomerie's consolation was that he still became the first player ever to bank £9million on the European tour.
Mansfield's Greg Owen saved his tour career by finishing joint fourth with Lee Westwood. He went into the event 127th on the Order of Merit, needing to move up 12 places. But, thanks to a 50-yard pitch into the 18th hole for an eagle three and a round of 66, he is now 96th after winning £33,000. Swedish rookie Christopher Hanell was third, while Warwickshire's Steve Webster was sixth.