McNulty asks ‘what if’ as Langer wins 10th Ma­jor

Ger­man beats fel­low for­mer Ry­der Cup cap­tain Pavin to land ti­tle

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Mark McNulty took the pos­i­tives af­ter shoot­ing two un­der-par rounds to fin­ish the Se­nior Open Cham­pi­onship strongly at Royal Porth­cawl – but it was very much a case of “what if” for the 16-time Euro­pean Tour win­ner.

Hav­ing bat­tled through the in­clement weather that bat­tered the south Wales coast over the first two days to just sneak in­side the cut on 13 over par, the 63-year-old then pro­duced his best round in bet­ter con­di­tions on Sat­ur­day with a four-un­der-par 67.

He rounded off his tour­na­ment with a 70 yes­ter­day, which left him in 30th place on a 72-hole ag­gre­gate of 292 – eight over par – and 12 strokes back on win­ner Bern­hard Langer, who won with a four-un­der-par score of 280.

It saw the Ger­man master, who turns 60 next month, win his third Se­nior Open ti­tle by three strokes from fel­low for­mer Ry­der Cup cap­tain Corey Pavin, and they were the only two play­ers to fin­ish a test­ing tour­na­ment un­der par.

It was also Langer’s third Se­nior Ma­jor win in 2017 and a record-set­ting 10th over­all.

Mean­while for McNulty, hav­ing opened with a 75, he ul­ti­mately left to rue his sec­ond round 80 on Fri­day that re­al­is­ti­cally ended any chances of mount­ing a se­ri­ous chal­lenge for the se­nior Claret Jug in Wales.

“I shot my­self in the foot in the sec­ond round where I was nine-over par,” he said. “To fin­ish eight over par and you look at the score­board now, it’s ‘if and buts’ in golf, as we all know.

“This is a great golf course and a good test of golf, which be­comes a bit of a crazy place when the weather is tough. It’s fair to say it would’ve been nice to have had four de­cent days with the weather, but ob­vi­ously shoot­ing two un­der-par rounds over th­ese last two days has been great.”

Mean­while Des Smyth – the only other Irish man to make the cut – fin­ished with a 76 yes­ter­day to fol­low up on ear­lier rounds of 76, 79 and 73 to end 20 over par for the tour­na­ment (304) in tied 73rd.

Bern­hard Langer: It was the Ger­man’s third se­nior Ma­jor win of 2017

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