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Langer wins first senior major at Carnoustie



Carnoustie, Scotland (Sports Network) - Bernhard Langer bogeyed the final hole Sunday, but it was enough to give him a one-stroke victory over Corey Pavin at the Senior British Open.

Langer posted a one-over 72 to finish at five-under-par 279.

The German won a pair of Masters titles on the PGA Tour, but this was his first major championship crown on the Champions Tour.

"That was certainly not simple and I knew it wouldn't be," Langer said in a television interview afterwards. "I played with Corey [Pavin] too many times. I knew he'd be hanging around, which is his reputation, he doesn't give up."

Pavin was one stroke back with seven holes to go at Carnoustie, but was unable to tie Langer atop the leaderboard. Pavin closed with a one-under 70 to end one back at minus-four.

Peter Senior carded a three-under 68 to share third place at one-under-par 283 with Russ Cochran, Fred Funk and Jay Don Blake, who all shot 72s in the final round.

Langer and Pavin played together in the final group for the second straight day and Langer led by three at the start of the round.

Pavin got within two with birdie at the second. Langer re-gained a three- stroke cushion with a birdie on the fifth. Pavin fell four back with a bogey on the seventh.

Langer's comfortable lead slipped away quickly as he bogeyed the eighth and ninth.

Pavin ran home an 18-foot birdie putt at 11 to get within one. Both players two-putted for birdie on the par-five 14th. However, Pavin slid two back as he bogeyed the 15th when he was unable to save par from a greenside bunker.

Langer played steady golf with three straight pars from the 15th.

"I played reasonable, but not quite as solid as the first couple of days," Langer said. "I missed a number of greens and had to get it up and down on a number of occasions."

He led by two at the par-four last and laid up with his second shot. Langer played his third onto the green and two-putted for a closing bogey. That cut his winning margin from two to one.

"My goal was to go into 18 with a three-shot lead. I had two shots, so I figured if made bogey it was going to be extremely hard for Corey to make birdie and I proved to be right," said Langer.

Pavin parred 16 and 17 to remain two back. He had a long birdie try at the last, but left it well short. Pavin tapped in for par and another runner-up finish.

For Pavin, it was his second runner-up finish in eight Champions Tour starts in his rookie season on the senior circuit.

"It's tough when you almost win. It's almost harder when you just finish second and not win - it's disappointing," Pavin stated. "I played well, and Bernhard didn't play his best golf today I would say, but he did what he needed to do to win, and that's what it's about. I just came up one shot short."

Trevor Dodds closed with a one-under 70 to take seventh place at even-par 284. Jay Haas (74), Tommy Armour III (70) and Ian Woosnam (74) shared eighth at plus-one.

NOTES: Loren Roberts, the 2009 champion, managed a two-under 69 Sunday to finish in a share of 14th at plus-three...Tom Watson, a five-time British Open winner and three-time Senior Open champion, struggled to a three-over 74 to slide into a tie for 24th at six-over 290...Fred Funk will defend his U.S. Senior Open title next week at the Sahalee Country Club.

07/25 15:21:28 ET


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