Monday, 01 August 2005
Greg Norman came up just short of winning the US Senior Open in his rookie season when he finished two strokes adrift of Allen Doyle at the NCR Country Club, Ohio.

Norman, who made his Seniors debut in the Senior British Open, presented by Aberdeen Aseet Management a week ago, had the opportunity to lift the title but the birdies dried up on the back nine as he closed with a 69 for an eight under par total of 276 and fourth place.

Doyle’s eight under 63 shattered the US Senior Open low final round record, taking him to ten under par 274, one clear of DA Weibring and Loren Roberts. It was his third Senior Major success.

"No one said a word to me, no one thought I had a chance," Doyle said. "That's the way it's been for me from day one. It doesn't bother me one bit. ... It happens. You just have to put a low score up and make it happen."

Norman on the other hand couldn’t make it happen as he was unable to make a single birdie coming home. "I just couldn't get the job done the last five or six holes," he said.

Senior British Open Champion Tom Watson finished a further shot back in joint fifth while Ireland’s Mark McNulty shot a closing 67 to finish joint seventh with Craig Stadler, who led with ten holes to play before dropping four strokes coming home.

Ryder Cup vice-captain Des Smyth never got into gear as he finished in a share of ninth place after closing with a 73 for a five under par 279.

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