Stephen Dodd held off Miguel Angel Jimenez, Darren Clarke and Bernhard Langer to win the Senior Open and a maiden senior major title at Sunningdale; Welshman ended the week on 13 under after a final-round 68 on Sunday.
At the Senior Open presented by Rolex, Stephen Dodd defeated several golfing legends to win his first senior major title.
On Sunningdale’s Old Course, the Welshman birdied his final hole to shoot a two-under 68 and finish the week on 13 under par, one shot ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Former champion Darren Clarke finished in third place, two strokes behind the leaders while reigning champion Bernhard Langer shot a final-round 68 to finish fourth, two strokes ahead of Paul Broadhurst.
Dodd, a 55-year-old Welshman, shot an incredible 8-under 62 on Saturday, tying the lowest total ever at the Senior British Open. Dodd had only played in one tournament in the previous 18 months due to COVID-19 postponing matches and his lack of international recognition.
He stated, “I didn’t sure what kind of game I’d wake up with today, and it wasn’t a terrific one.”
Dodd had to scurry to make a nifty up-and-down birdie from beyond the green at the first hole, putting the pressure on himself to match his 62 a day later.
He kept making pars, including a long par putt at the seventh, until recording his first bogey on the front nine of the week at the eighth. But he rebounded with a birdie on the short par-4 ninth to finish in 34.
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