July 29, 2013
Southport, England - San José State alum and former Spartan golfer Mark Wiebe won the Senior Open Championship on the fifth hole of a playoff against Bernhard Langer on Monday.
Wiebe shot a 4-under 66 in the final round at Royal Birkdale to finish 72 holes tied with Langer at 9-under 271. Langer struggled to get out of a green-side bunker on his final hole of regulation, taking two strokes to extricate himself from the sand. He saw his two-shot advantage disappear on the hole and was forced to face Wiebe in a playoff.
The twosome was able to complete two playoff holes on Sunday before darkness halted play. Resuming this morning, Langer missed a chance to end the playoff on the first hole of the day after his 12-foot putt failed to find the bottom of the cup.
On the fifth and what would turnout to be the final hole, Wiebe used a "superb approach shot from the rough" to set up a two-putt for par, while Langer failed to get up and down.
Wiebe joins World Golf Hall of Fame member Ken Venturi as the only Spartans to have won a men's major championship. Venturi was the 1964 U.S. Open Champion.