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Bernhard Langer completed a remarkable record-breaking wire-to-wire victory in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, carding a closing four under par round of 67 to win by a staggering 13 shots from Colin Montgomerie at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
The German began the final round with an eight shot advantage over Canadian Rick Gibson, and despite considerably windier conditions than the previous three days, he extended his advantage by a further five shots, setting a new record for the biggest winning margin in The Senior Open Championship, beating Bob Charles’s 1989 benchmark by six strokes.
He also equalled the second biggest winning margin in Major Championship history, just two shy of Tiger Woods’ record 15 stroke triumph at the 2000 US Open Championship, while his winning total of 18 under par 266 was the lowest in the 28 year history of The Senior Open Championship.
In a week when records tumbled, a crowd of 10,539 watched Langer’s final round victory march, taking the total attendance for Wales’ first Senior Major Championship to 43, 503 – the second highest in the history of The Senior Open Championship, just short of last year’s record of 45, 575 at Royal Birkdale last year.