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Scotland's Colin Montgomerie completed a runaway victory in the Scandinavian Masters on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 in windy and rainy conditions for a nine-stroke victory.

Montgomerie, preparing for the PGA Championship, had a 20-under 268 total on the Barsebaeck course en route to his career-high fourth PGA European Tour victory of the year.

"It feels good going to Chicago as a winner," said Montgomerie, a 21-time winner on the European tour who is seeking his first victory in a major championship.

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"I'll try to treat that tournament as an ordinary European tour event... I feel confident because there aren't any weaknesses at the moment. I'm driving the ball well. When you do that, it makes the game easy."

The Scot, also the 1991 Scandinavian Masters winner, opened with a pair of 67s and added a 65 on Saturday to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.

"The weather was good for me because it stopped other players from shooting really low scores," Montgomerie said. "I felt that level par would be good enough today."

Montgomerie, seeking a record seventh straight European money title, earned $249,750 to increase his margin over second-place Lee Westwood of England to $436,100.

Sweden's Jesper Parnevik, the 1998 winner, closed with a 71 to finish second. He picked up 1,555 Ryder Cup points in his effort to secure one of the 10 automatic berths on the European squad.

"I hit the green on 16 out of 18 holes, but I putted badly," Parnevik said.

American Bob May (69) and Australia's Geoff Ogilvy (71) tied for third at 278. Ogilvy shot a course-record 62 on Friday.

Sweden's Robert Carlsson of Sweden topped a four-player group at 279 to move into ninth place in the Ryder Cup standings.

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