Wiebe wins Senior British Open in playoff
Monday, July 29, 2013
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Bernhard Langer gave Mark Wiebe one too many chances at the Senior British Open.
Wiebe took advantage of Langer’s failure to close out the tournament, beating the German on the fifth playoff hole Monday at Royal Birkdale for his first senior major title.
The American used a superb approach shot from the rough to set up a two-putt for par, while Langer failed to get up and down, seeing his par putt stay out.
“I’m speechless,” Wiebe said. “I think it’s always better for both players had there been a birdie to win the playoff instead of a bogey, but right now, I don’t really care. I’m glad it’s over, and I’m honored.
Langer led by two shots going into the final hole of regulation Sunday, only to settle for a double bogey when he struggled to get out of a bunker. The playoff was then halted after two holes because of darkness and resumed Monday, with Langer immediately missing another chance to win when his 12-foot putt wouldn’t drop.
“I just was luckier today and last night than Bernie I guess,” Wiebe said. “I also feel like Bernie has won, what, a couple hundred tournaments. He’s won so many, I feel like this was my turn.”
This was the first time in the 27-year history of the Senior British Open the tournament finished on a Monday.
Former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shared third — three shots back — with David Frost of South Africa and Peter Senior of Australia. It was the third year in a row Pavin tied for third at the tournament.
Langer had won this tournament in 2010.
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