Wiebe Defeats Langer to win Senior British Open
Mark Wiebe was able to defeat Bernhard Langer on Monday to win the Senior British Open in a playoff. The two had tied after the fourth and final round of the tournament, but were not able to finish a playoff when it became too dark.
The two had played two playoff holes prior to officials halting the playoff due to darkness Sunday evening.
On Monday, the two played three more holes, before Wiebe was able to defeat Langer when the German recorded a bogey on the fifth hole of the playoff, which was played on the 18th hole.
The end was frustrating for the German Langer, who was on the 18th hole Sunday with a two-shot lead and recorded a double bogey to send the tournament to a playoff. Langer had started the day with a three-shot lead.
On Sunday, the final round was pushed well into the early evening due to stormy weather at Southport in northwest England.
As soon as the round was completed by Langer, tournament officials started the playoff in an attempt to complete the tournament on schedule.
Nevertheless, darkness quickly took hold and the two players had to stop to resume play at 9:00 Monday local time.
Wiebe, until today, had not won any major title in either the PGA Tour or the Senior PGA. His best finish prior to today was 12th place at the 1989 PGA Championship.
After he won the playoff, Wiebe said he was very tired and said he had been surprised when Langer had missed the putt to end the tournament since the German was such a great putter.
Wiebe also said the experience for him on Sunday night in the darkness was a first. He admitted it had been unusual and both players would have preferred to have completed the tournament last night, due to their conflicting schedules.