BRIDGEND, Wales – Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open on Sunday for his fourth senior-major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie.
The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under-par 67 at sunny and breezy Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 65, 66 and 68.
“The golf course is unbelievably tough,” Langer said. “To have this weather for four days is unreal, it’s like playing in Florida with a bit of wind. The secret was I didn’t make too many mistakes and my driver was very good and my long putting was excellent, although not quite today as I was lacking a little. Perhaps my lead was too big.”
Montgomerie, the winner of the previous two senior majors, finished with a 69.
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“This was a brute of a golf course with no wind, never mind with the wind,” Montgomerie said. “But what I would like to say is that Bernhard Langer’s performance here is one of the golfing performances of all time.”
Langer surpassed the 50-and-older Champions Tour record for margin of victory of 12 set by Hale Irwin in the 1997 Senior PGA, and almost doubled Bob Charles’ tournament-record margin of seven strokes set at Turnberry in 1989.
Langer also matched the tournament record for relation to par set by Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2003.
“Just very blessed to be able to play such good golf and really enjoy the 18 holes today because there wasn’t too much pressure,” said Langer, who also won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie and lost in a playoff last year at Royal Birkdale.
Kirk Triplett (70), a graduate of Pullman High, tied for eighth place at 1 over. Seattle native Fred Couples (78) tied for 13th at 4 over.
Clark edges Furyk
MONTREAL – Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open, with birdies on five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.
Clark, a 38-year-old South African, closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. He had a 17-under 263 total and earned $1.026 million.
Furyk (69), a two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, dropped to 0 for 7 with the 54-hole lead since winning the 2010 Tour Championship for the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles.
Michael Putnam (66), who is from University Place, tied for fourth at 11 under and made $235,600. It was the 31-year-old’s second top-10 finish in 88 Tour starts; he also tied for fourth in the 2005 Buick Championship.
Kyle Stanley (72) of Gig Harbor tied for 12th at 8 under. Kevin Chappell (66), who owns a home in Kirkland, tied for 20th at 7 under.
Former Washington Husky Joel Dahmen (72), a cancer survivor from Clarkston, tied for 53rd at 2 under in his PGA Tour debut.
• Carlota Ciganda breezed to an early victory to set the tone and Spain won all four of its singles matches to capture the inaugural LPGA International Crown in Owings Mills, Md.
Sweden finished second in the eight-team tournament.
The top-seeded United States was among three teams eliminated Saturday, leaving five countries and 20 players to compete for the trophy.
• David Horsey of England won the Russian Open in Moscow for his third European Tour title, beating Damien McGrane of Ireland with a par on the first hole of a playoff.