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.