Langer, the best se­nior of all time

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: Bern­hard Langer claimed his third se­nior Bri­tish Open ti­tle at Royal Porth­cawl in Wales on Sun­day 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 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 eu­ro­pean­

“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.”

Langer’s win also gives him a place in next year’s Bri­tish Open at Carnoustie, by when he will have turned 60.

z MEAN­WHILE, Eng­land’s Jor­dan Smith claimed the first ti­tle of his fledg­ling Euro­pean Tour ca­reer on Sun­day, beat­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Alexan­der Levy of France in a play­off at the Euro­pean Open in Ham­burg.

“It’s all a bit sur­real,” Smith, who hails from Bath, told eu­ro­pean­

“I had a re­ally good start to the year and the first aim was just to se­cure my Tour card, which I man­aged to do. And then the sec­ond goal was to win an event, which I’ve man­aged to do.”

Sid­dikur Rah­man of Bangladesh and Jo­han Ed­fors of Swe­den, two play­ers ranked out­side the top 350 in the world, fin­ished tied for third place on 11un­der. Agen­cies

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