Date: July 27, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Roberts wins Senior Open

Loren Roberts won the Senior Open Championship title with a dramatic play-off win over Mark McNulty and Fred Funk. All three men finished with a 12-under-par aggregate of 268 at Sunningdale before Roberts, who previously won this event at Turnberry in 2006, triumphed over extra holes. After Funk failed to match McNulty and Roberts&apos birdies on the 18th at the first extra hole it became a two-man duel, and after another deadlock McNulty fired a wild drive into the rough and Roberts&apos par was enough for victory. The American had carded a final-round 67 thanks to a four-under inward 31 on the Old Course. After a splendid approach at 17 led to the birdie which took him to 12 under, Roberts needed another at the last to win, but drove into the rough on the right and had to settle for par. American Funk, who had set record low 18 and 36-hole scores for the event, raced out the blocks to turn in 32, but the 53-year-old could not find the single shot he needed for the title on the back nine – paring all his holes on the way in. “It just wasn&apost enough. It&aposs disappointing because I played good,” said Funk. For Greg Norman there was a familiar disappointment. Having led overnight, he collapsed to a one-over 71 and fell out of contention to a tie for sixth. Tom Watson continued his fine form with a three-under-par 67 to finish seven-under overall, enough for a share of eighth place. Fourth place went to Bernhard Langer, who completed back-to-back five-under rounds of 65 but the German, who won his two Champions Tour events coming into the tournament, came up one shot on 11-under after a disappointing first couple of days. “When I won back in &apos06 it was probably the biggest thrill of my life,” said Roberts. “Then to come here, to a golf course I&aposve never seen before, absolutely fell in love with this golf course. To be able to pull it out on the back nine is the culmination of a lot of hard work.” “In the play-off I felt really good, probably the best I felt all day. I just hammered it up the 18th fairway every time.”