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Golf: Bern­hard Langer wins Se­nior Bri­tish Open •

CARNOUSTIE, Scot­land — Bern­hard Langer won his first se­nior ma­jor ti­tle Sun­day, hold­ing off a fi­nal-round chal­lenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Se­nior Bri­tish Open.

The Ger­man shot a 1-over 72 at Carnoustie to fin­ish at 5un­der 279. Pavin ended with a 1-un­der 70.

“I have al­ways wanted to win the Bri­tish Open,” Langer said. “I didn’t. Now this is the next best thing.”

Pavin, the Amer­i­can Ry­der Cup cap­tain, trailed by three shots at the start of the fourth round but cut the gap to two when he birdied his sec­ond hole of the day.

Langer sur­vived three-putting both the eighth and ninth greens. Af­ter mak­ing birdie at 15, he parred his way to his 11th win in three years on the Cham­pi­ons Tour.

“This vic­tory ranks very high, and it’s pretty close to my two U.S. Masters ti­tles and some of my Ry­der Cup stuff,” Langer said.

Pavin fin­ished three strokes ahead of Amer­i­cans Fred Funk, Jay Don Blake and Russ Cochran and Aus­tralian Peter Se­nior.

Tom Wat­son fin­ished with 74 for a 6-over 290. The 60-year-old said he would re­turn next year to play in both the Bri­tish Open and Se­nior Bri­tish Open.

Pet­ters­son ral­lies to win Cana­dian Open

TORONTO — Carl Pet­ters­son came back to win the Cana­dian Open for his fourth PGA Tour vic­tory, clos­ing with a 3-un­der 67 for a one-stroke vic­tory over Dean Wil­son.

Pet­ters­son, who set a tour­na­ment record with a 10-un­der 60 in the third round, fin­ished at 14-un­der 266.

The 40-year-old Wil­son, play­ing on a spon­sor ex­emp­tion, shot a 72 af­ter open­ing with three straight 65s to take a fourstroke lead into the fi­nal day.

Six strokes be­hind Wil­son af­ter seven holes and four back with seven to play, Pet­ters­son made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th to pull within one, then took the lead with a 25-footer from the fringe on the 480-yard, par-4 14th.

Pet­ters­son, the 32-year-old for­mer North Carolina State player from Swe­den, pulled away on the par-5 15th with his third straight birdie and fourth in five holes, hit­ting a wedge to 4½ feet. Wil­son’s ap­proach trick­led into the back fringe and his birdie try came up 2½ feet short.

Luke Don­ald (66) was third at 12 un­der.

Shin cap­tures Evian

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Jiyai Shin of South Korea birdied the 18th hole to win the Evian Masters, shoot­ing a 5-un­der 67 to fin­ish at 14 un­der and one stroke ahead of Mor­gan Pres­sel (70), Na Yeon Choi (66) and 15-year-old Alexis Thomp­son (67).

Jiyai’s fifth birdie in the fi­nal round put her one stroke clear of overnight leader Pres­sel, whose putt to force a play­off then rolled ag­o­niz­ingly over the hole with­out drop­ping in. Pres­sel (70) started the fi­nal round two strokes clear.

A 22-year-old South Korean, Jiyai has seven LPGA Tour vic­to­ries in two years, win­ning her first at the Bri­tish Open in 2008. Jiyai briefly held the No. 1 world rank­ing for seven weeks af­ter Lorena Ochoa’s re­tire­ment ear­lier this sea­son.

Swede wins in Swe­den

STOCK­HOLM — Richard John­son of Swe­den won the Scan­di­na­vian Masters, mak­ing a 30-foot birdie putt at the last hole to shoot a 1-un­der 71 and fin­ish a stroke clear of Rafa Echenique of Ar­gentina.

John­son, who shared the overnight lead with South Korea’s K.J. Choi, fin­ished with a to­tal of 11-un­der 277.

Bri­tish Open cham­pion Louis Oosthuizen (73) tied for fourth place.

Bern­hard Langer won his first ma­jor on the Cham­pi­ons Tour.

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