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Bernhard Langer gets record win at Senior British Open

Bernhard Langer gives thumbs-up after 4-under 67 in the final round of the Senior British Open gives him the largest winning margin in tour history, for majors and nonmajors.

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Bernhard Langer gives thumbs-up after 4-under 67 in the final round of the Senior British Open gives him the largest winning margin in tour history, for majors and nonmajors.

RIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer won his second Senior British Open championship Sunday, finishing a record 13 strokes ahead of Colin Montgomerie for his fourth senior major title.

Langer shot 4-under 67 at sunny Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. His 13-stroke win is the largest margin of victory in any event in Champions Tour history. For majors, it beat Hale Irwin's 12-stroke win in the Senior PGA Championship in 1997. For the Senior British Open, Langer almost doubled Bob Charles' record win of seven strokes at Turnberry in 1989, and he matched the tournament record for relation to par set by Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2003.

"This is very unusual," said Langer, 56, who earned a place in next year's British Open at St. Andrews. "This just doesn't happen, not with the competition you're facing, and certainly not in a major. … 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 (Sunday), as I was lacking a little. Perhaps my lead was too big."

While a stiff breeze sent many scores soaring Sunday, Langer displayed the same immaculate control that helped him lead wire to wire. He entered the final day eight strokes ahead of Rick Gibson.

Montgomerie, winner of the previous two majors, shot 2-under 69 to finish at 5-under 279 after starting the day with a share of seventh place.

"I would like to say Bernhard Langer's performance here is one of the golfing performances of all time," Montgomerie said. "And I'd like to say, Rory McIlroy and his group of friends, bring it on here.

"The rest of us were playing for second place, and I feel that I won. I won the battle."

Tom Pernice Jr. (70), Barry Lane (72) and Gibson (75) tied for third at 2 under. Tom Watson (77) and Fred Couples (78) finished 2 over and 4 over, respectively.

Spain wins International Crown: Carlota Ciganda breezed to an early victory to set the tone and Spain won all four of its singles matches to capture the inaugural International Crown at Owings Mills, Md.

Sweden finished second in the tournament that began Thursday with 32 players from eight countries.

The top-seeded United States was among three teams eliminated Saturday, leaving five countries and 20 players to compete for the trophy.

Fifth-seeded Spain began the final round tied for second behind Japan, but Ciganda immediately gave it a boost by beating Na Yeon Choi of South Korea 8 and 6. Beatriz Recari followed with a 3-and-2 victory over Mikaela Parmlid of Sweden, and Belen Mozo clinched the title with a 3-and-2 win over Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand.

"We have always played together," Mozo said of her team. "We have always won together. Coming in, we knew we had that advantage over the other teams."

PGA: Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk in Montreal.

Clark closed with 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second tour victory. The 38-year-old South African also won the 2010 Players Championship.

Furyk, a two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, shot 69. This was the seventh straight time he failed to convert on 54-hole lead, outright or shared. The three-shot lead is the largest lost of his career.

"It looked like Jim wasn't going to make any mistakes," Clark said. "He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. … Suddenly I got hot, and I went with it."

Furyk's last win was the 2010 Tour Championship.

"I left the door open with even par on the front nine," he said, "and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back."

Bernhard Langer gets record win at Senior British Open 07/27/14 [Last modified: Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:20pm]
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