Langer romps home to win Senior British Open
Bernhard Langer took a leaf out of the book of his countryman Martin Kaymer at the U.S. Open and then some, completing a phenomenal wire-to-wire victory in The Senior Open Championship to win by a staggering 13 shots from Colin Montgomerie at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
The German began the final round with an eight shot lead over Canadian Rick Gibson and despite considerably windier conditions than the previous three days, he closed with a final round 67 to extend his advantage, setting a new record for the biggest winning margin in The Senior Open Championship.
Bernhard Langer (Credit: Getty Images)
He also equalled the second biggest winning margin in Major Championship history, just two shy of Tiger Woods’ record 15 stroke triumph at the 2000 US Open Championship, while his 18-under par total of 266 was the lowest in the 28 year history of The Senior Open Championship.
“This is very unusual,” said Langer, who earns a place in next year’s Open Championship at St Andrews.
“I’ve won a tournament by 17, the World Championship under 25 years, but this just doesn’t happen, not with the competition you’re facing. And certainly not in a Major usually where the best from around the globe are playing in the Championship.”
“So it’s been an amazing week for me.”
Englishman Barry Lane (72), American Tom Pernice Jnr (70) and Gibson (75) shared third place on two-under, but the result was never in doubt as Langer strolled to his second Senior Claret Jug, following his wire-to-wire victory at Carnoustie in 2010.
“I am just very blessed to be able to play such good golf and I really enjoyed the 18 holes today because there wasn’t too much pressure,” said the two-time Master Champion.
“I still had to obviously hit some decent shots and make some putts, but I got off to a great start, and you know, increased my lead and it was a real pleasure to be playing the last ten, twelve holes.”
Runner-up Montgomerie paid tribute to the incredible accomplishment of his long-time adversary and Ryder Cup teammate.
“I would like to say, Bernhard Langer’s performance here is one of the golfing performances of all time,” said Montgomerie. “To finish 18-under around here is remarkable, remarkable play.”
“There is satisfaction in finishing second today. The rest of us were playing for second place, and I feel that I won. I won the battle. There were 144 in the field and I beat 143 of them, it was just him. But that him is awfully good, I must admit.”
“I’ve played well here, and I’ve lost by 13, which is ridiculous. All credit to him.”