BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) â Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open on Sunday in rain and wind at Royal Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10.
Fighting a sore throat all week in the difficult weather conditions, the 59-year-old German star closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat American Corey Pavin by three strokes.
âWasnât 100 percent,â Langer said. âMakes it even more meaningful.â
Langer joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three senior majors in a season, and won the event for the third time to match the tournament record.
âItâs pretty neat to do something that nobody else has done before,â Langer said. âLike winning 10 senior majors, itâs not easily done. Thereâs a lot of competition out there. Very blessed and honored to have achieved that. Maybe thereâs one or two more in the future, who knows? But right now, Iâm just going to enjoy the fruit of the labor, and to have won three majors in one season is pretty spectacular, and it actually could have been four if I didnât mess up two weeks ago (in the Senior Players Championship).â
Langer won the Regions Tradition and Senior PGA Championship â the first two of the PGA Champions Tourâs five majors â in consecutive weeks in May. He finished second behind Scott McCarron in the Senior Players Championship, losing the lead with a double bogey on the 71st hole. Nicklaus won three of the then-four majors in 1991.
Langer also won in 2010 at Carnoustie and took the 2014 event at Royal Porthcawl by 13 strokes. Tom Watson and Gary Player are the only other three-time winners, with…