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Gary Hallberg will be hoping to do one better this year after losing out to Fred Couples’ consecutive birdies in Turnberry.


great. It was a fun day out there. Bernhard (Langer) 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 Champions Tour win by far


on a truly great golf course,” said Couples. “I can now say I won the Senior British.”


AN UNLIKELY COLLAPSE BY LANGER


Couples was locked in a duel with Germany’s Langer until he double bogeyed No. 12 and then Couples birdied for a three-shot swing. Langer then bogeyed three holes in a row, beginning on No. 14 to fade from contention. Hallberg fired the best round of the tournament with a 63 on Friday but followed that with a 73 Saturday. On Sunday, he made six birdies and didn’t drop a shot. Mark Calcavecchia had four birdies and no bogeys, while Carl Mason had three birdies, an eagle and just one bogey.


Sentimental favorite Watson shot a 69 on Sunday, his third sub-par round of the tournament, to take a share of 10th place at 1-under-par 279.


“I played with Carl Mason and he played a wonderful round of golf. I played well and I love being back at Turnberry,” Watson said. “It has had a lot of significance for me in my career.” Watson beat Jack Nicklaus in the 1977 British


Open at Turnberry, as well as beating Mason in a 2010 playoff at Turnberry, to win the first of his three Senior British Open titles. ■


Course Insight ROYAL 2


Two Champions Tour professionals were honored by Turnberry at last year’s Senior British Open. Tom Watson witnessed the unveiling


of a commemorative plaque in the 18th fairway of the Ailsa Course to commemorate the 178-yard 7-iron shot he hit to two feet, sealing his


victory over Jack Nicklaus in the 1977 British Open. Greg Norman, the 1986 British Open winner at Turnberry,


received Honorary Life Membership of Turnberry.


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


EVENTS POINTS Tom Lehman


Roger Chapman Bernhard Langer Fred Couples Michael Allen John Cook


Fred Funk Joe Daley


Mark Calcavecchia Peter Senior


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15 16


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1,944 1,756 1,577 1,530 1,266 1,069


1,009 958 910 717


POINTS BEHIND


188 367 414 678 875


935 986


1,034 816


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BIRKDALE


Founded as Birkdale Golf Club in 1889, the club was awarded “Royal” status in 1951. Birkdale Golf Club moved to a new site in Birkdale Hills in 1894 and built a new distinctive art deco clubhouse in 1935. In 1946, the club hosted the British Amateur, won by Irishman James Bruen. During the immediate post-war era, the club also hosted the 1948 Curtis Cup, in which the United States team was victorious, and the 1951 Walker Cup, which also fell into the hands of the United States. Royal Birkdale hosted its first British Open in 1954 and the club has been on the Open rota ever since.


It has hosted the British Open nine times, most


recently in 2008. Previous winners of the Open at Royal Birkdale are Pádraig Harrington, Mark O’Meara, Ian Baker-Finch, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer and Peter Thomson (twice). It has hosted the women’s championship five times and the Ryder Cup in 1965 and 1969.


WINS TOP 10


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11 6 9 6


6 2 7 6


Tournament Record 263, Tom Watson, Carl Mason, 2003


Tournament 18-Hole Record 62, Jim Colbert, 2003 (Turnberry)


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