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Comeback win for debutant Paul Broadhurst as leader slips up at Senior Open title at Carnoustie

By Robert Jones

Published 25/07/2016

Paul Broadhurst celebrates after winning the Senior Open Championship
Paul Broadhurst celebrates after winning the Senior Open Championship

England's Paul Broadhurst overcame a four-shot deficit on the final day to clinch the Senior Open title at Carnoustie.

Broadhurst (50) began the last round four shots adrift of overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez, but a final-round 68 was enough to clinch him his first major title as the Spaniard fell away to card a three-over-par 75.

Broadhurst, who shot 75 on the opening day, finished on 11 under par, two shots ahead of American Scott McCarron, who closed with a 69, while Jimenez finished a shot further back and tied for third with Sweden's Magnus Persson Atlevi.

Atlevi closed with a 67 to join Jimenez on eight under, ahead of four Americans. Brandt Jobe and Tom Byrum both finished seven under, one ahead of Joe Durant and Wes Short Jr.

Bernhard Langer, who won the Senior Open at Carnoustie in 2010, shot four consecutive rounds of 71 to finish on four under, seven shots back.

Broadhurst is the first player to win the Senior Open on their debut since Fred Couples in 2012 at Turnberry and is the first English winner on the European Senior Tour this year.

His best Open finish is a tie for 12th in both 1990, when he shot a joint-Open record at St Andrews, and 2007 at Carnoustie, and he now qualifies for next year's 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The former Ryder Cup player from Atherstone, Warwickshire, secured a maiden senior major after six previous wins on the European Tour, two on the European Seniors Tour and one on the Champions Tour in America.

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