Bernhard Langer completes 13-shot victory at Senior Open Championship
German Bernhard Langer shot a final round of 67 to stroll to an incredible 13-shot victory at the Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl.
Langer rolled back the years as he led the field by eight overnight, and he was once again the star pupil as he posted a fourth sub-70 round of the week – and the best of the day – to seal an emphatic wire-to-wire triumph.
When it was all said and done, Langer finished on 18-under-par with a mixed bag of six birdies and two bogeys on Sunday; he made only five bogeys during the entirety of the tournament.
His biggest threat, Colin Montgomerie, carded a closing 69 to finish as his closest challenger with five-under. It was disappointing for Montgomerie, who has won the US Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship earlier in the season.
Langer’s victory is his second in the event having first won it at Carnoustie back in 2010, and he said after the game upon earning a place in next year’s Open Championship at St Andrews: “"This is very unusual.
"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.
"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."
Other notable players on the field included Canada’s Rick Gibson, who shot a four-over 75 to slip from second overnight into a tie for third alongside Englishman Barry Lane (72) and American Tom Pernice Jr (70).
Scott Dunlop (75) and Bob Tway (76), also both American, were the only other golfers not to finish over par, sharing a sixth place at level-par, in an event which turned out to be perfect for Bernhard Langer.