The Senior Open Championship. Bernhard Wins 10th Major.

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Bernhard Langer, from Germany, won his 10th Major title, The Senior Open Championship, at  Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

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Bernhard carded a final round +1 over par 72, to win The Senior Open Championship by three shots with a -4 under par total.  The win is Bernhard’s third major victory of the year,  he has also captured the Regions Tradition and the Senior PGA Championship. Bernhard is the third three-time winner of the Senior Claret Jug, after all-time legends Tom Watson and Gary Player, despite having to battle a bout of laryngitis at the start of the week;

“It’s a fantastic feeling to have won here again.”

“There might have been a little extra pressure, just knowing that I won here by thirteen a few years ago.”

“I hit my first tee shot straight into a gorse bush on the left and it was unplayable so, looking back now, it ended a lot better than it started.”

“But, despite my first tee shot and my sickness, I actually had a very good first round and had the lead of the championship, and I think that was the key.”

“I led from the very beginning.”

“I led on Thursday, I was co-leader Friday and then jumped into the lead with a 65 yesterday and never surrendered.”

“Like winning 10 senior majors, it’s not easily done. There’s a lot of competition out there. Very blessed and honored to have achieved that.”

“Maybe there’s one or two more in the future, who knows?”

Corey Pavin, USA, finished second at -1 under par for the tournament. with a final round of even par 71.

Peter Lonard, Australia, shared third place with Billy Andrade and former world No 1 Fred Couples, USA, on level par for the championship.

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The Senior Open Championship. Broomstick Bernhard Leads.

Bernhard Langer, Germany, with his Broomstick putter leads The Senior Open Championship after 54 holes at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

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Bernhard shot a third round -6 under par 65 to lead The Senior Open Championship with a -5 under par total, and will take a four-stroke advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Bernhard said it was a good round, but not so good with the Broomstick putter;

“Definitely efficient, what happened really good today was my driving was really, really good.”

“Hit a lot of fairways. Hit the ball solid, which then gives you the opportunity to have shorter irons with distance control and I hit some really good irons to pin-high, pretty close.”

“Gave myself opportunities. The putter wasn’t brilliant but it wasn’t bad. So overall, a very, very solid round.”

“There’s a lot of guys waiting for me to fall apart or whatever. So I need to shoot a good round, hopefully under par, depending on the conditions.”

“If I can do that, then I make it difficult for the other guys to catch me.”

Corey Pavin, USA, is in second place at -1 under for the tournament, he also shot -6 under 65 today.

Corey enjoyed the easier conditions today;

“It was certainly an easier day to play golf. No doubt about that.”

“It was almost balmy out there. It was nice not to have to wear a sweater. The wind was down. It was definitely gettable today.”

Peter Lonard, from Australia, is third at even par, bogey free -4 under 67 today helping his cause.

Unless Bernhard wakes up tomorrow with a slipped disc, this tournament is in his pocket, it will be his  fifth Major win since turning 58, he is in good company,  six other players in PGA TOUR Champions history have at least five major wins at any age: Jack Nicklaus (8), Hale Irwin (7), Gary Player (6), Tom Watson (6), Arnold Palmer (5) and Miller Barber (5).

 

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The Senior Open Championship, Atrocious Weather.

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Atrocious weather has plagued the first two rounds of The Senior Open Championship, with five players sharing the lead, strong winds and driving rain at Royal Porthcawl, Wales, being the major news of the tournament.

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A smiling Colin Montgomerie on a golf course / getty

Just had to post this rare picture of Colin, actually smiling on the golf course today.

The leaders at +1 over are, Bernhard Langer, from Germany, who is facing mounting criticism of his putting stroke with the Broomstick putterTom Lehman, Steve Flesch and Billy Mayfair, USA, they are joined by Mauricio MolinaArgentina.

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Senior PGA Championship. Bernhard Makes Major History.

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Bernhard Langer makes Major history in winning the Senior PGA Championship.

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Bernhard, from Germany, and his History making Trophy / getty

Bernhard carded a final round -4 under 68 to win the Senior PGA Championship, at Trump National, with a -17 under par total and one shot victory This was the only senior Major title that had eluded him, and at the same time broke the record of Major wins, held by Jack Nicklaus.

Bernhard now has nine  senior Major titles on his resumé, and no doubt does not intend to stop there.

Bernhard frustrated second placed V.J. Singh with the accuracy of his Broomstick putter;

“I think what really frustrated him was my putting.”

“I made a bunch of putts just to keep in touch and he didn’t really make anything.”

“I found a way now that I feel reasonably comfortable most of the time, not always.”

“It’s encouraging for me to see that even under pressure I can make some putts.”

V.J. carded a last round -2 under 70, but could not hold on to the lead, and had to settle for a -17 under total;

“I missed a lot of putts out there. If I would have putted nicely, this thing probably would have been over a long time ago.”

 “But Bernhard played really solid. He never missed a shot and he was always on the green, and he putted nicely as well, so he deserved to win.”

These two were streets ahead of the field, third place was shared between Billy Andrade and Miguel Angel Jimenez, both with -13 under par tournament totals.

Porsche European Open. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Porsche European Open after the completion of the first  round. Bernd Wiesberger and Benjamin Hebert share the lead at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, and Benjamin Herbert from France.

Bernd and Ben both tore the course apart with opening rounds of -7 under par 64 at the Porsche European Open in Germany, to sit on top of the leaderboard.

Bernd, the Alstom Open de France winner was pleased with his first round performance, saying;

“I felt really good coming into this week. I played good golf last week and I dragged that into today as well, so I’m happy with the way I started this tournament.” 

“I hit the ball pretty good so few courses wouldn’t suit me right now. It’s not often you can say that but I felt in control of my ball flight and yardages.”

“I had a few hiccups on the greens but you can’t have it all.”

“You can see low scoring out here and perfect conditions so you need to take advantage of that and keep up.”

“It was nice out there for all of us and we did feed off each other on the back nine where you feel you have to produce a good score.”

Benjamin said he had played well, not making any mistakes;

“It was a great day. I played very well. I have played well for three weeks now but made some mistakes.” 

“Today I managed the course well and didn’t have any mistakes, so it is a good way to start the tournament. I started well and also had a good start to the back nine.” 

“I’ve played here two times already on the Challenge Tour and it is a good course. It was in great shape this afternoon and tomorrow the greens will be perfect in the morning.”

There are four players tied in second position, all with first round -6 under par scores of 65; Graeme Storm, Richard Bland, Richard Green and Darren Fichardt.

Home favorite Bernhard Langer is among the large group another stroke further back on -5 under par.

Bernhard was very happy with his back nine today;

“The first nine holes have been all right, but the second part has been great and 31 shots are a really good result.”

American Hunter Mahan is also on -5 under, and was very pleased to have been playing alongside Bernhard today;

“I’ll take this every day, five under is a solid start.” 

“I’m excited to be here at the Porsche European Open and if I keep this up I’ll be happy.” 

“It was a great patch just after the turn for me. I was just getting a sense on the greens on the front nine. I had some good opportunities but just didn’t make them and then on the back nine I had some good looks, and some good putts for birdies and rolled them true.”

“I had a couple of good breaks and a good stretch there which propelled me to five under.” 

“It was great to play with a German golfing legend like Bernhard Langer. He’s a great competitor. He doesn’t enter an event unless he thinks he can win.” 

“He still has great skill and drive at his age. It’s very impressive. It’s neat just to be around him.”

 

U.S. Senior Open. Jeff Maggert Wins

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Jeff Maggert wins the U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, in California.

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Jeff came through to win the U.S. Senior Open, with a final round -5 under par 65, to post a -10 under par tournament total, and a two shot victory.

It was no fluke result, Jeff, along with Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer, have combined to win the last eight Majors. Jeff 2, Colin and Bernhard 3 each;

“It’s satisfying just because the guys out here on the Champions Tour are the same guys that I was trying to beat 20 years ago.”

“I had a lot of good runs in the U.S. Open over the years and probably lacked a little maturity to pull it off.”

“But certainly, now that I’m an old guy, I’ve learned a lot and was able to just steady myself and play well.”

The defending Champion Colin came in second here, coming from the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. A last round -4 under par 66 not quite good enough this time around. He is now taking an overnight flight to London, via Los Angeles, to try and qualify for next month’s The Open at St. Andrews. Hope Colin chose to fly with American Airlines out of L.A. they have the best flight;

“To come here tired, very tired, and to put a good performance up, it’s always nice when you are defending a title, to defend it properly.”

“I did more than that. I nearly got it here.”

Grant Waite and Bernhard Langer tied for third place at -7 under par.

Bernhard congratulated Jeff;

“He was in beautiful rhythm, and he drove the ball magnificent.”

“If you can drive the ball well, you set yourself up. He hit good iron shots on top of that.”

Bernhard is paying well in what would most probably be his last year on tour, the ruling banning anchoring of the broomstick putter comes into effect next year, and we all know that can not use a conventional putter. It is a shame because he is a great player, with a good attitude.

 

Champions Tour. Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Brilliant Bernhard Back in the Winners Circle.

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Brilliant Bernhard Langer is back in the winners circle, winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

Back in the winner's circle

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Bernhard shot a beautiful final round of -8 under par 64 on the Hualalai Golf Course to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship title by three shots with his tournament score of -22  under par.

Bernhard was extremely pleased with his win;

“It’s a new year and my goal was to get over the hurdle and win as soon as possible. I’m very pleased and extremely blessed to play golf like this. To be 22 under doesn’t happen very often.”

Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman finished tied in second place at -19 under par. Jay Haas was in fourth spot alone on -17  under par.

Jeff  was making his 80th consecutive senior start, he has been among the tour’s top-20 money winners the last five years. All but one of his five birdies came from inside 6 feet, due to great iron play. He finished the last round with a -7 under par 65, with a -19 under par total;

“My iron shots were pretty bueno on those.”

Fred was looking for his 10th Champions win and second in a row, he had a -5 under par 67 last round to also finish at -19 under par.

 The seniors play here again Sept. 18-21 in the Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii Championship at Kapolei.