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Colin Montgomerie defends Senior PGA title

FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- Colin Montgomerie answered two front-nine challenges with birdies, then pulled away, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes.

Montgomerie finished at 8-under 280 on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to successfully defend his title and win for the third time in the last six senior major championships. The 51-year-old Scot won last year at Harbor Shores in Michigan, and also won the U.S. Senior Open in July in Oklahoma.

Montgomerie earned $495,000 and he made it look easy.

Esteban Toledo twice pulled within a shot on the front nine, but couldn't keep up. Toledo shot a 69 to finish second. Woody Austin was another shot back after a 69, and Brian Henninger and Scott Verplank tied for fourth at 2 under. They each shot 71.

Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer have won four of the past five senior majors, with Jeff Maggert's win last week in Alabama in the Regions Tradition the lone exception.

Playing in the final twosome with Montgomerie. Langer had a 74 to finish sixth at even par.