Lee takes ad­van­tage of Webb’s late strug­gles to win Scot­land

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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.”

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