Bernhard Langer wins the 2014 British Open. Not only did Langer win, but he won the Senior British Open by a record margin. Langer finished 18-under for the tournament and finished 13 shots ahead of closest competitor, Colin Montgomerie. 13 shots! That’s a Champions Tour record; no golfer has ever won by that wide of a margin.
You have to bring up the fact that Langer came close to breaking Tiger Woods’ record of largest margin of victory at a Men’s Major when Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes.
Langer absolutely blew everyone away. It was truly a thing of beauty. Langer was so impressive that he was the only golfer this week to shoot under par for all 4 rounds. Not only did Langer shoot under par, but his worst round all week was a 3-under 68. That’s domination right there.
Montgomerie finished alone in second place at 5-under and in round 1 and 3 he shot a 1-over 72. Rick Gibson, who finished in a tie for 3rd, Gibson shot a 3-over 75. Barry Lane and Tom Pernice Jr. who were also in a tie for third had over par rounds as well. Lane shot a 72 in the first and fourth rounds, while Pernice Jr. shot an opening round 78.
Also, those five golfers mentioned above were the only golfers to finish under par. And again getting back to Langer that just adds to the fact of how dominating he was. Only seven golfers finished under par, yet Langer made Royal Porthcawl Golf Club look easy.
Not only that, but he was the only one to finish under par in the double digits. That’s pretty amazing. And not only that, but only nine players shot under par for the final round. Yet, Langer shot a 4-under 67. Again just remarkable stuff.
Scott Dunlap and Bob Tway finished the tournament even for the tournament. The only two golfers to finish even par and these seven golfers finished even or better for the tournament.
Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a nice 68 final round to get himself to 1-over for the tournament and in a tie for 8th place with Kirk Triplett. Russ Cochran and Tom Watson finished tied for 10th at 2-over par.
Esteban Toledo finished in a solo 12th place at 3-over par and at 4-over Fred Couples, Miguel Angel Martin, and Bruce Vaughan finished T-13.
Getting back to Langer, Langer won the Senior British Open for the second time in his career and his fourth Senior Major Championship. And for the second time in his Champions Tour career, Langer finished in the top 10 at all five majors in a year for the second time in his career.
Also, with how dominating he was at this tournament and how good he has been on the Champions Tour, maybe Langer should make the Ryder Cup team? Hey, I’m all for it, he should at the very least get very strong consideration.