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Mark Wiebe defeats Bernhard Langer in dramatic play-off to clinch Senior Open Championship

Published 29/07/2013|09:57

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USA's Mark Wiebe tee's off at the 2nd during the Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Southport. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
USA's Mark Wiebe in action at Royal Birkdale

Mark Wiebe has won his first Senior Open Championship after he beat Bernhard Langer following five play-off holes at Royal Birkdale.

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The duo resumed their battle for the title this morning after organisers called a halt to proceedings last night after Langer and Wiebe halved two play-off holes played in near darkness.

Germany's Langer fired a bogey at his fifth attempt on the 18th as Wiebe got down in two to find par and claim victory.

Langer blew a two-stroke lead on the final hole to enter into a play-off with Wiebe, with the 55-year-old American finally succeeding in the sudden-death play-off in perfect conditions in Southport at 8am this morning.

It was the first time in its 27-year history that the tournament concluded on a Monday and Langer blinked first as he narrowly missed a putt for par from six feet.

Wiebe has never won a major title - his best result was a tie for 12th place in the PGA Championship in 1989 - and he was surprised to win this event in the manner he did.

"I'm a little tired, I'll tell you that. I was surprised that Bernie missed his putt because he's a great putter, he's a great player. It just was my time," Wiebe told Sky Sports 1.

"The golf course is unbelievably demanding and whether it's a play-off or during the round.

"I try to play the play-offs like I was playing the tournament. I just got a few extra holes in.

"Matchplay is different. I have never been in a play-off in a major championship either so I was a first-timer. I just tried to play the golf course as good as I could."

Wiebe also admitted he had never played in near darkness before as the pair began the play-off in dramatically failing light last night.

He said: "I have never done that so that was unusual but I think we would have both liked to have played because of our schedule.

"Obviously it was really dark at that second hole and mother nature always wins. I just figured that this is par for the course and we will go at it again at eight and here we are."

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