Southport - Mark Wiebe finally won the Senior Open on Monday after he beat Bernhard Langer in a playoff at Royal Birkdale.
and Langer had been unable to finish the tournament on schedule on
Sunday when bad light forced the playoff to be postponed after two
But Wiebe won the title for the first time after
three more holes on Monday morning when Germany's Langer fired a bogey
on the 18th.
It was a frustrating finale for Langer, who had
squandered a golden opportunity to win the title without a playoff when
he produced a double-bogey on the final hole on Sunday.
round had been pushed well into the evening on Sunday by stormy weather
in Southport, northwest England, and when Langer, who led by three
shots after the opening nine holes, cracked on the last hole tournament
organisers asked the players to start the playoff.
darkness quickly descended to bring an end to the duel in the dusk and
it was Langer who stumbled once more when play resumed at 09:00 on Monday.
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.
had 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 the 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
"The golf course is unbelievably demanding and whether it's a playoff or during the round.
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."
Wiebe also admitted it was a unique experience to have played in near darkness on Sunday.
have never done that, so that was unusual but I think we would have
both liked to have played (to a finish) because of our schedule," he
"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."