Fred Couples of the US, 2012 (Reuters) - Reuters

Couples wins the Senior Open

Couples wins the Senior Open

By Eurosport
Last update 30/07/2012 at 05:32 - Published on 30/07/2012 at 05:28
By Eurosport - 30/07/2012 at 05:32

Fred Couples finished with back-to-back birdies to win the Senior Open by two shots at Turnberry.

Couples' strong finish sealed a round of 67 and a nine-under-par total of 271 to keep him clear of Barry Lane and Dick Mast in a tie of second.

Bernhard Langer, who had led overnight, and won the event two years ago, fell away sharply on the back nine, carding a 75 and finishing in a share of sixth place.

"I've never won an Open Championship, so this is the next best thing. And I believe I now get into the Open at Muirfield next year, which is great," Couples said.

"It was a fun day out there. Bernhard and I were neck and neck for a long time. Then I saw Gary had birdied the 17th to draw level, so I knew I needed to birdie 17. I hit a couple of great shots down 17 and two-putted for birdie, then the hole got in the way for my birdie putt at 18.

"It's my biggest senior tour win by far on a truly great golf course. I can now say I won the Senior Open at Turnberry in really challenging weather."

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