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Mark Weibe wins Senior British Open Championship

American Mark Wiebe defeated Bernhard Langer of Germany in a play-off this morning to win The Senior British Open Championship hosted by Royal Birkdale near Liverpool.

The duo finished their contest a day later after Sunday's play was called off due to darkness. This meant that for the first time in its 27 year history, The Senior British Open was decided on a Monday.

It was a tough time at the office former US Masters champion Ian Woosnam who was unable to make the cut with two rounds of 76 and 77 respectively.

Woosnam has shown fine early season form with his third place finish at both the PGA Seniors at De Vere Mottram Hall and the Wales Senior Open, but he struggled at the Sefton coastline course.

“Birkdale is a fantastic course, although I have not played particularly well there,”  the Welshman conceded.

Despite nabbing a pair of birdies in his first round, six bogeys and a double bogey on the 17th hampered the 55-year-old. The second round was worse with with seven bogeys, three of them consecutively on the final three holes.

It also means that a local player missed out yet again, not since 1998 when Brian Huggett won the event has a British player won the event. Since then it has been players from the United States that have dominated the tournament.

Woosnam believes the strength of The Champions Tour in America is a telling factor.

“The Senior Tour in America is very strong, with a full schedule, good prize money and some of the sport’s greatest names taking part, which it makes it difficult for the players on The European Tour,” explains Woosnam.

"We do not have the same run of tournaments going into The Senior Open so it is difficult to find some form or to sharpen up your game going into such a big event."

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