MONTREAL — Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.
Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship.
Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on the par-4 18th.
“It looked like Jim wasn’t going to make any mistakes,” said Clark, who moved into contention Saturday with a 64. “He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it.”
Furyk is 0-for-7 with the 54-hole lead since winning the 2010 Tour Championship for the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles.
“I kind of controlled my own destiny,” Furyk said. “I’ve got to shoot 3 or 4 under, and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it. I left the door open with even par on the front nine, and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back.”
Senior British Open
LANGER ROLLS IN WALES: In Bridgend, Wales, Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open on Sunday for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie.
The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under 67 at sunny and breezy Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 65, 66 and 68.
“The golf course is unbelievably tough,” Langer said. “To have this weather for four days is unreal, it’s like playing in Florida with a bit of wind. The secret was I didn’t make too many mistakes and my driver was very good and my long putting was excellent, although not quite today as I was lacking a little.
“Perhaps my lead was too big.”
Montgomerie, the winner of the previous two senior majors, finished with a 69.
“This was a brute of a golf course with no wind, never mind with the wind,” Montgomerie said. “But what I would like to say is that Bernhard Langer’s performance here is one of the golfing performances of all time. And I’d like to say, Rory McIlroy and his group of friends, bring it on here. ... Remarkable, remarkable play and all credit to him.”
Langer broke the Champions Tour record for margin of victory of 12 set by Hale Irwin in the 1997 Senior PGA, and almost doubled Bob Charles’ tournament record of seven strokes set at Turnberry in 1989. Langer also matched the tournament record for relation to par set by Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2003.
SPAIN CAPTURES INTERNATIONAL CROWN: In Owings Mills, Maryland, Carlota Ciganda breezed to an early victory to set the tone and Spain won all four of its singles matches to capture the inaugural International Crown.
Sweden finished second in the eight-team tournament. The top-seeded United States was among three teams eliminated Saturday, leaving five countries and 20 players to compete for the trophy.
Fifth-seeded Spain began the final round tied for second behind Japan, but Ciganda immediately gave the Spaniards a boost by beating Na Yeon Choi of South Korea 8 and 6. Beatriz Recari followed with a 3-and-2 victory over Mikaela Parmlid of Sweden, and Belen Mozo clinched the tournament title with a 3-and-2 win over Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand.
HORSEY TAKES RUSSIAN OPEN IN PLAYOFF: In Moscow, England’s David Horsey won the Russian Open for his third European Tour title, beating Ireland’s Damien McGrane with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Horsey closed with an even-par 72 to match McGrane (66) at 13-under 275. Horsey rallied after making double bogey on the 12th hole with an eagle on the 17th.