Lee takes advantage of Webb’s late struggles to win Scotland
IRVINE, Scotland — Mi Hyang Lee took advantage of Hall of Famer Karrie Webb’s late double bogey to win the Ladies Scottish Open on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour title.
“I didn’t believe I got a win today,” said Lee, six shots back entering the round. “It was a really surprise for me.”
A stroke ahead of Lee with two holes left at chilly Dundonald Links, Webb dropped a shot back with the double bogey on the par-5 17th after driving into a bunker and having to play out backward.
“I bent down, picked my tee up — thought I hit a perfect drive there,” Webb said. “When I stood up, I went to tell (my caddie) Jonny (Scott) that I absolutely knotted my 3-wood exactly how I wanted and he said it kicked into the bunker. I have no idea how it did that.”
Lee, playing in the group ahead of Webb, increased the margin to two with a birdie on the par-5 18th. Needing an eagle to force a playoff, Webb closed with a birdie to tie for second with Mi Jung Hur. Webb didn’t know she was two strokes behind because of the lack of a leaderboard on the final hole in the tuneup event for the Ricoh Women’s British Open next week at Kingsbarns.
“It’s pretty bad to not have a leaderboard on the last,” Webb said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been (at a tour event) that hasn’t had a leaderboard on 18. … We didn’t know if Mi Hyang
had birdied or not, because there wasn’t like a loud cheer like she had.”
The 42-year-old Australian reached the greenside bunker in two shots.
“Well, my bunker shot, I said to Jonny, ‘I don’t know if I need to hole this or get it up-and-down,’” Webb said. “Imagine if you went for it and overplayed it and you only had to get it up-and-down. I was trying to make it but also not being overly aggressive.”
Lee shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 6-under 282. After playing the front nine in 5-under 31 with six birdies and a bogey, the South Korean player made eight straight pars before birdieing the last. She also was confused on 18 without a leaderboard, thinking she needed to an eagle to tie Webb.
“I thought she’s going to win, so just I want to make the eagle,” Lee said.
The 24-year-old Lee also won the LPGA Tour’s 2014 Mizuno Classic in Japan.
Senior British Open
BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open on Sunday in rain and wind at Royal Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10.
Fighting a sore throat all week in the difficult weather conditions, the 59-year-old German star closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat American Corey Pavin by three strokes.
“Wasn’t 100 percent,” Langer said. “Makes it even more meaningful.”
Langer joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three senior majors in a season, and won the event for the third time to match the tournament record.
“It’s pretty neat to do something that nobody else has done before,” Langer said. “Like winning 10 senior majors, it’s not easily done. There’s a lot of competition out there. Very blessed and honored to have achieved that. Maybe there’s one or two more in the future, who knows? But right now, I’m just going to enjoy the fruit of the labor, and to have won three majors in one season is pretty spectacular, and it actually could have been four if I didn’t mess up two weeks ago (in the Senior Players Championship).”
Langer won the Regions Tradition and Senior PGA Championship — the first two of the PGA Champions Tour’s five majors — in consecutive weeks in May. He finished second behind Scott McCarron in the Senior Players Championship, losing the lead with a double bogey on the 71st hole. Nicklaus won three of the then-four majors in 1991.
Langer also won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January and has 33 PGA Tour Champions titles. He’s second on the career victory list, 12 behind Hale Irwin.
“We just keep working at our game and you learn from your mistakes,” Langer said. “I have a very good team around me with my coach, Willy Hoffman; my caddie, Terry Holt; my family who supports me; my brother who is my manager; and I’m reasonably healthy where I don’t have any restraints there. All of that combined, I’m a competitive guy. I’d like to do well, whatever I do. I work hard at it and expect a lot.”
The two-time Masters champion opened with a 69 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead, dropped into a five-way tie for first Friday with a 74 in the most difficult conditions of the week, and shot a 65 on Saturday to open a four-stroke advantage
“It was survival out there,” Langer said. “I don’t know how much you guys went out there when the rain came sideways… When you’re this close to the coast, there’s nothing to protect that wind for 30, 50 miles out there. … The clubs I was hitting at times was ridiculous. For an 8-iron distance, I would hit 3-iron, and that’s not even straight into the wind. It’s just very difficult to comprehend.”