Unheralded Barr crumbles under the pressure of competing against great Scot Colin Montgomerie's smile was as wide as the South China Sea fringing the picturesque 18th hole at the Macau Golf and Country Club yesterday after he won his first tournament this year - coming from behind to grab the Macau Open from Australian Scott Barr in a sudden death playoff. 'I'm delighted. I love Asia. The crowds love me here and obviously Asia has been good to me,' said the ecstatic Scot, who shot a final round of three-under-par 68 before birdieing the first playoff hole to clinch a much-needed victory. Montgomerie was overjoyed that his 14-year streak of winning a title every year had been kept alive. His last win came 12 months ago when he won the TCL Classic, also an Asian PGA Tour event, in Dongguan, China. 'I'm especially glad as this victory continues my win streak. But it keeps coming later and later. October is too late. It looks like I'm getting old,' joked the 40-year-old Montgomerie, in high spirits as he waited for a song and dance session put on by the organisers to end, before accepting his first-prize cheque of US$40,375. The European Ryder Cup star two-putted to birdie the first playoff hole - the par five, 564-yard 18th - while his opponent, who had found the bunker with his approach shot, could only manage a par to end his dream run at the tournament. Barr had led after the second and third rounds and had taken a three-stroke lead into the final day. He had scored sub-par rounds all through the tournament, but in the final round, the one that mattered, he could only manage to come in at even-par 71. Montgomerie kept his best until the very end, forcing the playoff with Barr on the final hole when he birdied a two-foot putt. That brought him level with Barr - on 11-under-par for the tournament - who could not believe his luck when a 12-foot putt for birdie and the title, agonisingly lipped out. It was the second time Barr had seen Lady Luck turn a blind eye on him. Two holes earlier, at the 16th, a three-foot putt almost dropped in before deciding to play a cruel trick by swinging around back on to the green. 'I was in a win-win situation. I just can't believe it,' said a crushed Barr. 'It is really unfortunate. Maybe I shall have to concentrate a bit harder next time when I'm in a situation like this.' The turning point in the tournament came at the par-five 13th, which has an elevated green. Barr, leading by two shots, dropped one when he bogeyed while Montgomerie collected a birdie. The two-shot swing effectively swung the tournament in the Scot's favour as he moved into contention just one stroke behind. And he made certain that the opportunity would not go to waste. 'The 13th hole gave me the incentive to go for it. This has been my ninth playoff and only the second one I have won. The last time was when I beat Ernie Els in Sun City,' Montgomerie revealed. Montgomerie began the day badly when he missed a one-foot putt for a bogey, He reached the halfway mark with two bogeys and two birdies. But the back nine was error-free as he collected three birdies to pile the pressure on. Barr had kept his nerve despite being in the company of big-name player Montgomerie in the final flight. He stayed in front right until the end despite constant sniping runs from a number of other players, including India's Arjun Atwal and American Jason Knutzon. Both Atwal, Asia's current number one, and Knutzon saw their challenges fade away by the 12th hole when Barr took a three-shot lead over the field after collecting a birdie at the par-five 12th. However, the 31-year-old Barr, who stopped playing full-time on the PGA Tour of Australasia in 1999 after injuring his neck while water skiing, and is currently a teaching professional at the Singapore Island Country Club, could not sustain his momentum. He slipped on the next hole, the 536-yard 13th, when his tee-shot landed under a tree, giving him a difficult approach. He duly missed the green and scrambled to a bogey. That was the turning point as Montgomerie, who narrowly missed an eagle, came out smiling with a birdie to move just one stroke behind Barr. 'I feel sorry for Scott. All credit to him for the way he played,' said Montgomerie, a seven-time European Order of Merit winner. 'But this I believe was the first time he had been in a position like this and perhaps the pressure told.'