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Drama in the dark as Senior Open play-off halted

Bernhard Langer left it after him and will have to finish a play-off tomorrow morning.

Germany's Bernhard Langer and USA's Mark Wiebe leave the 18th green.
Germany's Bernhard Langer and USA's Mark Wiebe leave the 18th green.
Image: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

BERNHARD LANGER AND and Mark Wiebe will return to finish their Senior British Open play-off tomorrow morning after their duel in the evening gloom was finally brought to a halt by bad light on Sunday.

Langer had squandered a golden opportunity to win the title without a play-off when he produced a double-bogey on the final hole, giving American Wiebe an unexpected lifeline.

And the German was also unable to finish off the job in the two halved extra holes that were squeezed in before darkness descended at Royal Birkdale.

The final round had been pushed well into the evening by stormy weather in Southport, north-west England, and when Langer, who led by three shots after the opening nine holes on Sunday, cracked on the last hole tournament organisers asked the players to start the play-off in an unsuccessful bid to finish the event on schedule. Play will resume at 8am.

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