Cook Has Recipe For Third Win
MONTREAL, QUEBEC I John Cook won for the
third time this year, taking the Montreal Championship on Sunday, three shots ahead of Chien
The 53-year-old Cook notched his eighth career Champions Tour victory with a final-round
66 at Club de Golf Fontainebleau.
Cook matched 66s on the weekend to go
with a tournament-leading 9-under 63 in the
first round to post 54 holes at 195, 21-under
par. Lu, who led after 36 holes and was seeking
his first Champions Tour win, shot a final-round
70 and finished three rounds at 18-under 198.
Lu, who had one second and three third-place
finishes in his Champions Tour rookie season in
2010, shot a second-round 63 that featured 10
birdies in his final 14 holes. That gave Lu a one-shot lead going into the final round.
Cook birdied his first two holes on Sunday
to retake the lead and never looked back. He
turned the front nine in 4-under 32 and Lu
didn’t get closer than two shots. Cook birdied
the par- 3 17th to build the final margin.
Cook won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai at the beginning of the season and won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am
in a playoff with Jay Don Blake.
But he hadn’t played well leading up to the
Montreal Championship, with a tie for 13th at
the Senior PGA Championship, but no better
than 23rd in his other four Champions Tour
starts since winning the Outback in April. He
shot 65 on his own ball in the first round of
the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf when his
partner, Joey Sindelar, was sidelined with an
injury. Sindelar was unable to compete and they
withdrew before the start of the second round.
And Cook finished third at the Mayakoba Golf
Classic in Mexico on the PGA Tour in February.
Cook tied for the first-round lead with
John Huston, who won for the first time on the
Champions Tour last week, with both players
posting 63s. Cook made nine birdies in an 11-
hole stretch beginning at the fifth.
Huston shot 30 on the front nine and was 7
under after 10 holes in his 63. Huston, in third
place when Sunday began, could manage no
better than 72 in the final round to tie for 10th.
Sindelar shot a final-round 68 to finish
third at 17-under 199. Bill Glasson, Corey Pavin
and Dan Forsman tied for fourth at 16 under.
Glasson shot 64 on Sunday while Pavin posted
67 and Forsman 68.
Rod Spittle came from out of the pack to
shoot a tournament-low 62 in the final round to
tie with Larry Mize and Jeff Sluman at 15-under
Staff and Wire Reports
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Tradition that started with WWI continues at #attnation-
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I could seriously strangle some of the drivers that are on
the road. It’s like they’re driving with a paper bag over
just drove 1100 miles in the Daly Cruiser & finally home
in Arkansas---wish I could end the nite w/a Mex-Meal
but in zombie mode! Nite!
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