Langer wins Senior Open Championship

Eurosport - Mon, 26 Jul 10:57:00 2010

Germany's Bernhard Langer held on to win his first senior Major with a one-shot victory over Corey Pavin at the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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Langer held a three shot lead over the US Ryder Cup captain heading into the final round but dropped shots at the eighth and ninth to let Pavin back into it.

The 50-year-old American then scored a birdie at the 11th to bring him within one-shot of the lead but a bogey at the 15th left Langer two-shots clear heading into the final hole.

The two-shot lead was enough to see Langer win his first Major since 1993's US Masters despite the German finishing with a bogey.

"Corey played very well all day," said the 52-year-old former European Ryder Cup captain.

"He's a beautiful ball striker and has a great short game. I knew he wouldn't go away. He cut the lead to two, and then I got it back to three. Then it went to two and down to one - it was obviously a little closer than I wanted.

"My goal was to come into 18 with a three-shot lead and I had two shots so I played it safe, laid up - it's tough to birdie that hole.

"Corey played very well and my hat's off to him"


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