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Langer seals record breaking senior Open victory

Bernhard Langer wins by 13 shots at Royal Porthcawl

Bernhard Langer completed a remarkable record-breaking wire-to-wire victory in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, carding a closing four under par round of 67 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 advantage over Canadian Rick Gibson, and despite considerably windier conditions than the previous three days, he extended his advantage by a further five shots, setting a new record for the biggest winning margin in The Senior Open Championship, beating Bob Charles’s 1989 benchmark by six strokes.
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 winning total of 18 under par 266 was the lowest in the 28 year history of The Senior Open Championship.

In a week when records tumbled, a crowd of 10,539 watched Langer’s final round victory march, taking the total attendance for Wales’ first Senior Major Championship to 43, 503 – the second highest in the history of The Senior Open Championship, just short of last year’s record of 45, 503 at Royal Birkdale last year.
They witnessed a player at the very top of his game, with Langer’s incredibly winning total made even more remarkable given that only four other players broke par for the Championship, with Montgomerie, who was chasing a third Senior Major Championship, finishing a distant second on five under par following a final round of 69.

 “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.”
 “I am just very blessed to be able to play such good golf, and I really enjoy 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, 12 holes.
Langer’s victory also continues a magnificent sporting summer for Germany, following Martin Kaymer’s wire-to-wire victory in the US Open Championship and the national football team’s triumph in the World Cup earlier this month.


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