After weather had played havoc with the third round of the Championship, Bernhard Langer trailed by three strokes entering the final round. He seemed to have a sizeable task to overturn the deficit, as the leader, Paul Broadhurst, had form around the famed Links. In 1988, the Englishman won both the Lytham Trophy before claiming the Silver Medal at the Open Championship later that year.
The 61-year-old Langer came out firing on all cylinders, carding four birdies on the front nine to make the turn at four under. The two-time Masters champion remained in control of the Championship and returned a final round 66, which was enough for Langer to become the most successful Senior Open player in history.
As the Championship drew to a close, so did Tom Watson’s illustrious career as he bowed out from Major Championship Golf.
Bernhard Langer of Germany poses with the trophy following victory during the final round of the Senior Open Presented by Rolex at Royal Lytham
Tom Watson 18th Hole