Broadhurst victorious at Carnoustie
July 24, 2016
By The Associated Press
- July 24, 2016
- He became the first player to win the Senior Open Championship in his debut since Fred Couples in 2012 at Turnberry. (Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- Paul Broadhurst won the Senior Open Championship on Sunday at Carnoustie for his first senior major title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Scott McCarron.
The 50-year-old Broadhurst overcame an opening 75 to become the third English player to win a PGA TOUR Champions major, joining Mark James and Roger Chapman. Broadhurst also is the first player to win the event in his debut since Fred Couples in 2012 at Turnberry.
"It's massive, absolutely massive," Broadhurst said. "I'm not aware of how big it is yet, honestly. I'm trying not to think about it. Beyond my wildest dreams to be honest. This sort of thing doesn't happen to players like me normally. I've won a few tournaments over the years, but nothing anywhere near as big as this event. I feel very, very privileged to have won this event."
Broadhurst shot a 66 on Friday and a 68 on Saturday to enter the final round four strokes behind leader Miguel Angel Jimenez. The winner birdied the par-5 sixth, par-4 10th, par-3 13th and par-4 15th in his bogey-free round in mostly cloudy conditions with 8-16 mph wind and occasional drizzle. He finished at 11-under 277.
McCarron bogeyed the par-3 16th and par-4 18th in his 69.
"I didn't really have everything this week," McCarron said. "I had a bad neck all week and was kind of playing around that a little bit. I just didn't putt all that well all week long but I kind of hung in there. I had a chance with a couple holes to go, so that's all you can ask for. Unfortunately, the bogeys on 16, 18, cost me the tournament."
Jimenez had a 75 to drop into a tie for third with Magnus Atlevi (67) at 8 under.
"The 75 today was the other side of the coin from yesterday," Jimenez said. "I was a little bit tense, not loose in the beginning of the round, and then didn't play as well as yesterday."
Broadhurst earned $279,144, a full PGA TOUR Champions exemption through the 2017 season, a spot in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale and a five-year exemption into the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hawaii. The 1991 Ryder Cup player won six times on the European Tour and also took the European Senior Tour's Scottish Senior Open.
Where does this victory rank?
"Bigger than all of them, I think -- a lot, lot bigger," Broadhurst said. "I played some of my best golf this week. I really hit the ball nicely. My iron play today I thought was really good. I hit some top iron shots into 10 and 15. Yeah, the hard work I've put in paid off this week."
Broadhurst played his final 45 holes in 14 under after going 3 over on his first 27. His final 54-hole total in relation to par of 14 under matched Carl Mason and Bruce Summerhays -- both in 2003 -- for the lowest in the history of the event. Broadhurst's opening 75 was the highest start by a winner since Tom Watson also had a 75 in 2005.
Brandt Jobe (66) and Tom Byrum (72) were 7 under, and Joe Durant (73) and Wes Short Jr. (73) were another stroke back.
Senior Open Championship Notes
• The final three rounds were critical for Paul Broadhurst. His final 54-hole total in relation to par of 14 under-par equals the lowest in the history of the Senior Open Championship, set by Carl Mason and Bruce Summerhays, both in 2003.
• Paul Broadhurst played his final 45 holes in 14-under-par, after being three over for his first 27 holes.
• Paul Broadhurst’s 3-over-par 75 was the highest start by a winner since Tom Watson shot a 75 in this event in 2005.
• Paul Broadhurst’s comeback from four strokes back was the best come-from-behind since Mark Wiebe came from four back in 2013.
• When Paul Broadhurst came from behind on Sunday, it marked the first time the 54-hole leader in a major championship did not win since the 2014 U.S. Senior Open when Colin Montgomerie came from fourth place to defeat Gene Sauers in a playoff.
• Despite a double bogey on his 72nd hole, Bernhard Langer still posted a top-10 finish (T9) which was the 15th straight time he’s finished in the top-10 in a major championship dating back to 2013.
• Bernhard Langer continues to lead the Charles Schwab Cup race with $1,592,981 followed by Billy Andrade with $899,122. Langer and Andrade each finished T9 on Sunday.
• PGA TOUR Champions rookie Brandt Jobe continues to shine in major championships on Tour this year. Jobe closed with a 6-under-par 66 to finish T5. He was also T3 at the Senior PGA Championship and fourth at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.
• Defending champion Marco Dawson finished T63 in defense of his title.
• Russ Cochran, making his first PGA TOUR Champions start since last year’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship due to injury, finished T68.
• Tom Watson, who claimed The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1975, may have played his final competitive round at the course on Sunday. However, despite finishing T27, there were a couple of notable achievements. He made the cut for the 14th consecutive time in the event in as many starts since it became an official event in 2003 and the 66-year-old Watson also posted 17 birdies for the week.
• Michael Bradley finished T36 in his PGA TOUR Champions debut.
• Hole No. 18, a par-4, was the most difficult with an average score of 4.56, while the par-5 No. 12 was the easiest at 4.50.
They Said It
Broadhurst on where this win ranks in his career.
“Bigger than all of them I think; a lot, lot bigger. I played some of my best golf this week. I really hit the ball nicely. My iron play today I thought was really good. I hit some top iron shots into 10 and 15. Yeah, the hard work I've put in paid off this week.”
Miguel Angel Jimenez on his closing-round 75.
“The 75 today was the other side of the coin from yesterday. I was a little bit tense, not loose in the beginning of the round, and then didn't play as well as yesterday.”
Scott McCarron evaluating his week.
“Yeah, I didn't really have everything this week. I had a bad neck all week and was kind of playing around that a little bit. I just didn't putt all that well all week long but I kind of hung in there. I had a chance with a couple holes to go, so that's all you can ask for. Unfortunately, the bogeys on 16, 18, cost me the tournament.”