Langer, Wiebe set for Monday finish at Senior British Open

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Mark Wiebe will try to beat Bernhard Langer on Monday in a playoff.
July 28, 2013

SOUTHPORT, England -- Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe were tied after two playoff holes Sunday night in the storm-delayed Senior British Open when darkness suspended play at Royal Birkdale.

They will finish the playoff Monday morning.

Wiebe shot a 4-under 66 to match Langer at 9-under 271. Langer had a 70. They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff.

"Playing in the dark was a new one for me," Wiebe said. "Hopefully we'll figure it out tomorrow."

Langer, the 2010 winner at Carnoustie, blew a two-stroke lead with a double bogey on the final hole of regulation after hitting into a greenside bunker. Minutes earlier, Wiebe's birdie putt at No. 18 came up short.

"I gave it away," Langer said. "I could bogey the last hole and win. I thought I hit a decent shot in the bunker but it came out too low.

"But I made two good pars in the play-off in the dark, so what can you say. I'm sorry to keep you all hanging round tomorrow."

Corey Pavin, Peter Senior and David Frost tied for third at 6 under. Pavin shot a 65, Senior had a 66, and Frost a 70.

Langer seemed in control most of the afternoon, heading to the turn in 2-under 32 and then picking up another birdie at the 12th. But he dropped a shot at the 14th, before needing two shots to get out of the bunker and two putts on the green at the last.

Wiebe made five birdies and one bogey in his round.

In the first hole of the playoff, Wiebe two-putted from just off the green. Langer did the same from four feet closer.

They were offered the chance by tournament referee Andy McFeeto call it a day, but opted to try again. With the club-house lights trying to brighten the gloom, the players were driven back to the tee.

Wiebe put his second shot almost exactly on the same spot where he had landed on the first playoff hole, while Langer was 20 feet away on the green. Wiebe putted up to six feet, Langer to three. They both sank the putts, shook hands and will resume in the morning.

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