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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Langer claims tenth senior major to break Player's record

Langer: “It’s pretty neat to do something that nobody else has done before.” Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Langer: “It’s pretty neat to do something that nobody else has done before.” Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

James Corrigan

As senior moments go, this was historic. Bernhard Langer removed any doubt whatsoever from the debate as to who is the greatest member of the over-50s division, when winning at Royal Porthcawl to overtake Gary Player in the majors table.

This truly was day of multiple joy for the German as he beat the America Corey Pavin by three shots.

It was his second Senior Open victory on the great Glamorgan links - it was his hat-trick of wins in the event; it was his third major of the season; and it was his 10th senior major.

Of course, the lastly-listed achievement is the most notable - as Langer pointed out. "It's pretty neat to do something that nobody else has done before."

Whatever else they say about Langer - and they do say plenty - nobody can deny his work ethic and his determination. This past four days have proved again that he possesses both in abundance.

Langer arrived in South Wales with a nasty case of laryngitis, being told by his doctors to spend the week in bed. Yet, regardless of the brutal weather which bashed the field over the first two days, that was never going to happen.

Player won eight of his nine senior majors before he was 55. Langer has won seven of his since he turned 55.

At an age when most professional sportsmen are retired, Langer has amassed almost £2m in prize-money in 2017 alone, with this £240,000 only swelling his coffers.

After his 65 on Saturday, Langer took a four-shot lead into the final round and cruised around in 72 to finish on four under par. Meanwhile, Ireland's Des Smyth signed for a final round four-over to finish 20 over.

Elsewhere, Jordan Smith claimed his first European Tour title by beating defending champion Alex Levy in a play-off for the Porsche European Open near Hamburg.

Smith, from Bath, won at the second extra hole after finishing tied with Levy on 13 under par - but only after the Frenchman had missed a putt to win from inside three feet on the pair's first trip back down the 18th.

Amateur Paul McBride, the only Irishman to make the cut, finished with a third consecutive round of 72 for a tied-47th finish at two under par.

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