Eurosport - Mon, 02 Aug 04:20:00 2010
Bernhard Langer overcame the challenge of home favourite Fred Couples to win the US Senior Open, carding a bogey-free three-under-par 67 on Sunday to seal a second consecutive Champions Tour major.
Langer ended up eight-under-par for the tournament, just a week after taking the British Senior Open crown at Carnoustie, and had to overcome the ferociously partisan cheers of a crowd squarely behind Seattle-born Couples, who finished three shots back on an even-par 70.
"It's never much fun, but I've had it before," Langer said of the hostile crowd.
"I've played 10 Ryder Cups… so I knew what was coming, which doesn't make it any easier."
Couples gave the crowd something to cheer about at the first hole on Sunday, taking the lead with a fine birdie.
However, a nightmare followed on the second, with the home-town hero pitching into a greenside pond, and ending up with a triple bogey.
"When I birdied the first hole, that was what I thought I needed to get going," Couples said. "And then about 12 minutes later I was looking for a hole to crawl in."
Couples's mistake opened the door for Langer, and the German never looked back, with birdies on three of the first six holes.
"It's hard to believe I won two back to back majors with an eight-hour time change in between and two very challenging golf courses," Langer added.
"I probably played some of my best golf these last two weeks."