EDMOND, Okla. -- Colin Montgomerie is getting used to winning these big events.
The Scotsman defeated Gene Sauers in a playoff to claim the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National.
Montgomerie failed to win in 71 PGA Tour majors and four Champions Tour majors until May, when he won the Senior PGA Championship. Now, he has won two of his past three majors to become just the fifth golfer to win both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year.
The 51-year-old said he has become more patient with age.
"You have to play intelligent golf with g25 hybrid ping, and I think I've matured enough to realize that and play more within myself sometimes, including today -- to play away from some pins so you don't make bogies, and you realize that in major golf, pars are usually good enough, especially in the USGA events," he said.
Montgomerie reached another milestone by winning his first professional playoff in nine tries. Most famously, he lost to Ernie Els at the 1994 U.S. Open and to Steve Elkington in sudden death at the 1995 PGA Championship.
"I've been close in these USGA championships a couple of times," he said. "I've lost in a playoff and been one shot behind a couple of times, and you have to wait to 50 to finally win one."
On the 18th hole of regulation, Montgomerie parred, then waited. Sauers' second shot landed about 10 feet from the hole, giving him a chance to win the tournament with a birdie. His putt lipped out, and he parred to force the playoff.
"I guess I just may have misread that putt the first time around, didn't play enough break with Callaway X Hot 2 Driver," Sauers said. "Hit a good putt, broke right at the hole at the last second."