Langer seals record 10th se­nior ti­tle

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Bern­hard Langer claimed his third se­nior Bri­tish Open ti­tle at Royal Porth­cawl in Wales yes­ter­day to be­come the most suc­cess­ful player in se­nior ma­jor-cham­pi­onship his­tory. The Ger­man, who won two Masters ti­tles on the main tour, held off Amer­i­can Corey Pavin to claim a record 10th se­nior ma­jor ti­tle by three shots on four un­der par for the tour­na­ment.

Langer, 59, carded a one-over fi­nal round of 72, as 2010 US Ry­der Cup cap­tain Pavin set­tled for a 71. It was a third ma­jor vic­tory of the sea­son for Langer, who also won the se­nior Open at Porth­cawl three years ago.

Af­ter hold­ing at least a share of the lead at the end of each day, Langer is the third three-time win­ner of the se­nior Claret Jug, af­ter all-time leg­ends Tom Wat­son and Gary Player, de­spite hav­ing to bat­tle a bout of laryn­gi­tis at the start of the week.

“It’s a fantastic feel­ing to have won here again,” he told eu­ro­pean­tour.com. “There might have been a lit­tle ex­tra pres­sure, just know­ing that I won here by 13 a few years ago. I hit my first tee shot straight into a gorse bush on the left and it was un­playable so, look­ing back now, it ended a lot bet­ter than it started.

“But, de­spite my first tee shot and my sick­ness, I ac­tu­ally had a very good first round and had the lead of the cham­pi­onship, and I think that was the key. I led from the very be­gin­ning. “I led on Thurs­day, I was co-leader Fri­day and then jumped into the lead with a 65 yes­ter­day and never sur­ren­dered.”

Langer’s win also gives him a place in next year’s Bri­tish Open at Carnoustie, by when he will have turned 60. Aus­tralian Peter Lonard shared third place with Billy An­drade and for­mer world num­ber one Fred Cou­ples on level par for the cham­pi­onship. — AFP

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