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Mark Wiebe Wins Senior Open in Play-Off
American Mark Wiebe triumphed over Bernhard Langer on the fifth play-off hole to win the second Senior Open at Royal Birkdale.
Play had been stopped on Sunday because of darkness and the tournament was forced to carry over to a fifth day.
Langer was playing the 18th for a fifth time in the sudden-death play-off, and could not match the par four of Wiebe. Langer let go of a two-shot lead at the 72nd hole on Sunday to allow the American into the play-off.
Langer is a two-time winner of the Masters and had been three clear of the field going into Sunday, before having to take two shots to get out of a tricky bunker at the last. Rain and lightning caused play in the final round to be suspended on two occasions also, which added to the frustrations of all involved.
Both players wanted to finish the tournament on Sunday due to scheduling reasons, but after they each pared the 18th twice, play was again halted. On Monday, Langer’s approach on the fifth play-off hole landed just short of the green, and then he missed with a par putt to keep the tournament alive.
For Wiebe, 55, this win in Southport is a sixth career victory, and one he worked hard to earn.