Colin Montgomerie won his first World Match Play title yesterday and would trade it in a second for his first major.
Taking pain killers to numb an infected tooth, Montgomerie defeated defending champion Mark O'Meara, 3 and 2, in a final he led from the first hole in Virginia Water, England.
"I'm the first player in the last 20 years not to have won a major who has won this tournament," Montgomerie said. "Unfortunately that's so. I'd like to change that someday. Hopefully, I'll be in contention in a couple of them, and maybe the door just might open."
O'Meara, who in 1998 won The Masters and British Open, is confident the drought will end soon.
"I think that Colin Montgomerie is definitely going to win a major championship," he said. "In my opinion within the next year. I don't see any reason he couldn't. . . . It took me 17 years to win my first, and I was 41."
The victory was Montgomerie's sixth this year on the PGA European Tour, tying a modern record. The match avenged a 5-and-4 loss a year ago to O'Meara in the second round. It also made up for a loss five years ago to Ernie Els in the final.
The victory came on a perfect fall day in Surrey, just a few miles from Montgomerie's home in southern England on a course he may know better than any other. He has won three of the last four times he has played the West Course at Wentworth.
PGA: With a six-year PGA Tour career that includes only one win outside Las Vegas, Jim Furyk crafted a closing 6-under 66 to hold off Jonathan Kaye by one stroke and win $450,000 in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Furyk becomes the first player to win the same tournament three times since Nick Faldo won The Masters for the third time, in 1996.
The 29-year-old Furyk, whose looping swing is one of the tour's most unorthodox, finished at 29-under 331 as he defended his Las Vegas title.
LPGA: Akiko Fukushima was able to two-putt from 50 feet at the 18th green at Magnolia Groves, but Swede Maria Hjorth could not do the same, giving the Japanese rookie her second win of the season in the Tournament of Champions in Mobile, Ala.
Fukushima parred the finishing hole to enter the clubhouse tied for the lead, then watched Hjorth three-putt for bogey at the 18th and hand her the victory.
SENIORS: In El Dorado Hills, Calif., David Graham had four straight birdies on the front side, taking the lead for good and never relinquishing it as he established a tournament record in winning the Gold Rush Classic.