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Langer hangs on for major

For his first Champions Tour major, Bernhard Langer became the first non-American to win the Senior British Open since 2002.

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For his first Champions Tour major, Bernhard Langer became the first non-American to win the Senior British Open since 2002.

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open.

The German shot 1-over 72 at Carnoustie to finish at 5-under 279. Pavin shot 70.

"I have always wanted to win the British Open," Langer said. "I didn't. Now this is the next best thing."

Pavin, the American Ryder Cup captain, trailed by three shots at the start of the fourth round and cut the gap to two when he birdied his second hole of the day.

Langer survived three-putts on Nos. 8 and 9. After birdie at 15, he parred his way to victory.

"This victory ranks very high and it's pretty close to my two U.S. Masters titles and some of my Ryder Cup stuff," Langer said.

Pavin finished three strokes ahead of Americans Fred Funk, Jay Don Blake and Russ Cochran and Australian Peter Senior.

"It's tough when you almost win," Pavin said. "Bernhard didn't play his best golf today but he did what he needed to do and that's what it's all about."

Tom Watson shot 74 for 290 total. Watson, 60, said he would return next year to play in both the British and Senior British Opens.

PGA: Carl Pettersson rallied to win the Canadian Open, following his tournament-record 60 with 3-under 67 to beat Dean Wilson by a stroke in Toronto.

Pettersson finished at 14-under 266 at hilly St. George's.

"I still can't believe I won the tournament," Pettersson said two days after making the cut by a shot. "I know it's difficult to shoot another low one after a round like that, so I was just trying to downplay it."

Wilson, 40, playing on a sponsor exemption, shot 72 after opening with three straight 65s to take a four-stroke lead. Pettersson took the lead with a 25-footer from the fringe on par-4 No. 14, which Wilson bogeyed.

LPGA: Jiyai Shin birdied the 18th hole to win the Evian Masters in Evian-Les-Bains, France, shooting 5-under 67 to finish at 14 under and one stroke up on Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton, Alexis Thompson of Coral Springs and Na Yeon Choi.

Shin's fifth birdie in the final round put her one stroke clear of overnight leader Pressel, whose putt to force a playoff then rolled over the hole without dropping.

Thompson, 15, closed with 67 and had her best LPGA finish since turning pro this year.

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, whose 65 Saturday lifted her into contention, shot 73 to wind up tied for 11th at 7-under 281.

EUROPEAN: Home favorite Richard Johnson won the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm with a 30-foot birdie on the last hole. He shot 1-under 71 for 277 total, a stroke clear of Rafa Echenique.

FUTURES: Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (69—207) tied for third at The International in Concord, N.H., two strokes behind winner Jenny Shin.

Langer hangs on for major 07/25/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 25, 2010 8:31pm]
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