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Loren Roberts wins second Senior British Open

America's Loren Roberts won his second Senior British Open on Sunday when he edged Mark McNulty and Fred Funk in a play-off at Sunningdale.

The three had finished the four rounds locked on 12 under par before Funk, the halfway leader, was eliminated at the first extra hole when he could only make par while Roberts and McNulty both made birdies.

Roberts and McNulty couldn't be separated at the second hole.

At the third extra hole, McNulty fired his tee shot into the bushes and had to take a penalty for an unplayable lie.

With Roberts down the middle McNulty was struggling and played a five iron for his third shot which ran over the back of the green.

Roberts found the green, 20 feet to the right of the flag and with McNulty unable to hole his long par putt, Roberts had two putts to win.

The American rolled the putt up to a few inches to claim the title for the second time after his win in 2006.

"When I won back in '06 it was probably the biggest thrill of my life," said Roberts.

"Then to come here, to a golf course I've never seen before, absolutely fell in love with this golf course. To be able to pull it out on the back nine is the culmination of a lot of hard work."

Earlier McNulty's round of 64 had given him the clubhouse lead.

His inward 31 included a hat-trick of birdies from the 13th but it could have been even better - down the closing straight McNulty had birdie putts of less than 10 feet on 17 and 18 and both missed the hole by the smallest of fractions.

"I really thought I hit good putts, both of them," he said.

"The last one I thought was going to go in and the last one slowed down and seemed to start turning. Why, I don't know.

"I gave it all I had, and just one bad shot. That's what happens."

American Funk, who had set record low 18 and 36-hole scores for the event, raced out the blocks to turn in 32, but the 53-year-old parred all his holes on the back nine.

"It just wasn't enough. It's disappointing because I played good," said Funk.

Overnight leader Greg Norman collapsed to a one-over 71 and fell out of contention to a tie for sixth.

Tom Watson continued his fine form with a three-under-par 67 to finish seven under overall, enough for a share of eighth place.

Fourth place went to Bernhard Langer.


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