Senior British Open Championship 2013
Mark Wiebe wins in a playoff
July 29, 2013
Mark Wiebe of the United States beat Bernhard Langer on the fifth playoff hole Monday to win his first Senior British Open title.
Langer bogeyed his fifth attempt at the 18th hole on Royal Birkdale while Wiebe made par to claim the trophy. Storms delayed Sunday's fourth round and play was halted after two playoff holes because of darkness.
''I'm a little tired, I'll tell you that,'' Wiebe said. ''I try to play the playoffs like I was playing the tournament. I just got a few extra holes in. .... I have never been in a playoff in a major championship either so I was a first-timer. I just tried to play the golf course as good as I could.''
Langer, the two-time Masters champion, had an immediate chance to secure his second Senior British Open victory when play resumed at 8 a.m. but missed a 12-foot birdie putt.
Two holes later, Wiebe made a superb approach shot to set up a two-putt for par, while Langer failed to get up-and-down.
''I was surprised that Bernie missed his putt (on the third playoff hole) because he's a great putter, he's a great player,'' Wiebe said. ''It just was my time.''
Langer - who won the tournament in 2010 - held a three-shot lead going into the fourth round and was two strokes ahead with one hole to play, but finished with a double bogey. Wiebe, meanwhile, shot a 4-under 66 to match the German veteran at 9-under 271.
''Obviously not what I wanted. But the major mistake was again yesterday, the 72nd hole,'' Langer said. ''In the playoff anybody can win. It comes down to one good shot or one bad shot. And that's what happened. Mark is a very deserving champion.''
It was the first time in the 27-year history of the Senior British Open that the tournament finished on Monday.
Wiebe said it was strange to play in near darkness as the playoff started in failing light on Sunday.
''I have never done that so that was unusual but I think we would have both liked to have played because of our schedule,'' Wiebe said. ''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.''
Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe to finish Monday
July 29, 2013
Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe were tied after two playoff holes Sunday night in the storm-delayed Senior British Open when darkness suspended play at Royal Birkdale.
They will finish the playoff Monday morning.
Wiebe shot a 4-under 66 to match Langer at 9-under 271. Langer had a 70. They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff.
''Playing in the dark was a new one for me,'' Wiebe said. ''Hopefully, we'll figure it out tomorrow.''
Langer, the 2010 winner at Carnoustie, blew a two-stroke lead with a double bogey on the final hole of regulation after hitting into a greenside bunker. Minutes earlier, Wiebe's birdie putt at No. 18 came up short.
''I gave it away,'' Langer said. ''I could bogey the last hole and win. I thought I hit a decent shot in the bunker, but it came out too low.
''But I made two good pars in the playoff in the dark, so what can you say. I'm sorry to keep you all hanging round tomorrow.''
Corey Pavin, Peter Senior and David Frost tied for third at 6 under. Pavin shot a 65, Senior had a 66, and Frost a 70.
Langer seemed in control most of the afternoon, making the turn in 2-under 32 and picking up another birdie at the 12th. But he dropped a shot at the 14th, before needing two shots to get out of the bunker and two putts on the green at the last.
Wiebe made five birdies and one bogey in his round.
In the first hole of the playoff, Wiebe two-putted from just off the green. Langer did the same from 4 feet closer.
They were offered the chance by tournament referee Andy McFeeto to call it a day, but opted to try again. With the clubhouse lights trying to brighten the gloom, the players were driven back to the tee.
Wiebe put his second shot almost exactly on the same spot where he hit to on the first playoff hole, while Langer was 20 feet away on the green. Wiebe putted up to 6 feet, Langer to 3. They sank their putts, shook hands and made plans to return Monday.