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Thursday 19 October 2017

Langer pulls away to seal 13-shot win

GOLF: Bernhard Langer set new British Senior Open Championship records as he blew the rest of the field away at Royal Porthcawl yesterday to claim the title for the second time.

The 56-year-old German finished on 18 under par with 266, 13 shots clear of his nearest rival Colin Montgomerie.

That was the lowest victorious score and the largest winning margin in Senior Open history.

Langer shot four rounds in the 60s, closing with a four-under round of 67, as last year's runner-up added to his 2010 triumph in this tournament.

"This is very unusual," said Langer, who earns a place in next year's British Open Championship at St Andrews.

"This just doesn't happen, not with the competition you're facing, and certainly not in a major. So it's been an amazing week for me."

Furyk frustration as Clark claims victory

golf: South Africa's Tim Clark shot a final-day 65 to snatch a victory away from Jim Furyk at the Canadian Open and earn his second PGA title.

Furyk led by three shots going into the last round as he sought a third Canadian Open crown but the veteran American could only card a one-under-par 69 to open the door to nearest challenger Clark at Royal Montreal Golf Club.

And the 38-year-old took full advantage with a five-under round that saw him come back in just 30 - thanks to a superb spell of putting - to finish on a 17-under total of 263, equalling the tournament record, and one shot clear of Furyk.

Cook digs deep to answer critics

Cricket: Alastair Cook fell five runs short of a long-overdue Test century, but still helped Gary Ballance put his team in a dominant position against India at the Ageas Bowl.

The England captain had luck on his side on day one of the third Test, but the century was not to be as Ravindra Jadeja eventually got him caught down the leg-side.

England finished on 247-2, with Ballance 104 not out.

Meanwhile, Ireland's third and final one-day match against Sri Lanka A was abandoned without a ball bowled in Coleraine yesterday because of rain. Sri Lanka A won the series 2-0.

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