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Langer four-peat bid falls short as McCarron wins Senior Players

Langer four-peat bid falls short as McCarron wins Senior Players
From Reuters - July 16, 2017

(The Sports Xchange) - Bernhard Langer was in position to win the Senior Players Championship for the fourth consecutive year, but stumbled down the stretch as Scott McCarron finished with a flourish to claim victory on Sunday in Owings Mills, Maryland.

American McCarron closed with a six-under-par 66 to claim one of the majors on the Champions Tour by one stroke over Langer, the dominant player on the tour, and Brandt Jobe.

The winning total was 18-under 270 at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Langer ended up with an uncharacteristic one-over 73. His chance to force a playoff on the 18th hole vanished when his six-foot birdie putt circled the cup but would not drop.

The 59-year-old German started the day in the lead and opened a three-shot margin after birdies on two of the first five holes. However, he bogeyed the 13th hole -- his first bogey in 31 holes -- and double-bogeyed the 17th after hitting his tee shot into the water on the par-three hole.

"I thought I hit a really good putt," Langer said. "Hit a good chunk of the hole, too. But the big issue was 17, hitting a horrible shot there and then missing a six-or-seven footer for bogey. That was the killer."

The major championship was the first for the 52-year-old McCarron.

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