Senior Open Championship: Mark Wiebe beats Bernhard Langer in marathon play-off
Last Updated: July 29, 2013 4:46pm
Mark Wiebe: American beat Bernhard Langer at fifth extra hole
Mark Wiebe returned to Birkdale on Monday morning to complete a play-off victory over Bernhard Langer at the Senior Open Championship.
Play had been suspended in near darkness at 9.35pm on Sunday evening after two extra holes between the American and German had failed to produce a winner.
And the theme continued at 8am the next morning with the duo going down the par-four 18th for a fifth time in the play-off before Wiebe finally prevailed to secure his maiden senior major.
(US unless stated)
-9 M Wiebe*
-9 B Langer (Ger)
-6 C Pavin
-6 P Senior (NZL)
-6 D Frost (RSA)
-4 P Fowler (NZL)
*Wiebe won at fifth extra hole
With Wiebe safely in for his four, Langer's par putt stayed above ground to bring a belated end to the tournament.
Wiebe told Sky Sports: "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.
"The golf course is unbelievably demanding and whether it's a play-off or during the round.
"I try to play the play-offs like I was playing the tournament. I just got a few extra holes in.
"Matchplay is different. I have never been in a play-off in a major championship either so I was a first-timer. I just tried to play the golf course as good as I could."
Two stoppages for bad weather, along with Langer's double bogey at the final hole in regulation, meant the tournament was unable to reach a conclusion on Sunday.
A play-off looked unlikely when Langer stood on the 72nd tee needing a bogey five for victory.
He found a greenside bunker with his second shot and left his first attempt in the sand before hitting a decent third to within seven feet of the pin.
But he missed the putt and had to settle for a six and a play-off with Wiebe.
And, in near darkness, the first play-off hole was completed in a pair of par fours before the duo played the 18th hole again and once more carded a brace of pars - before play was finally stopped for the day at 9.35pm.
Langer had posted a closing 70 - that included 13 pars - for a nine-under total of 271, while Wiebe made his move in the final round with a four-under 66.