Senior Open Championship: Mark Wiebe beats Bernhard Langer in marathon play-off
Mark Wiebe returned to Birkdale on Monday to complete a play-off victory over Bernhard Langer at the Senior Open.
Last Updated: 29/07/13 4:46pm
Play had been suspended in near darkness at 9.35pm on Sunday evening after two extra holes between the American and German had failed to produce a winner.
And the theme continued at 8am the next morning with the duo going down the par-four 18th for a fifth time in the play-off before Wiebe finally prevailed to secure his maiden senior major.
With Wiebe safely in for his four, Langer's par putt stayed above ground to bring a belated end to the tournament.
Wiebe told Sky Sports: "I'm a little tired, I'll tell you that. I was surprised that Bernie missed his putt because he's a great putter, he's a great player. It just was my time.
"The golf course is unbelievably demanding and whether it's a play-off or during the round.
"I try to play the play-offs like I was playing the tournament. I just got a few extra holes in.
"Matchplay is different. I have never been in a play-off in a major championship either so I was a first-timer. I just tried to play the golf course as good as I could."
Two stoppages for bad weather, along with Langer's double bogey at the final hole in regulation, meant the tournament was unable to reach a conclusion on Sunday.
A play-off looked unlikely when Langer stood on the 72nd tee needing a bogey five for victory.
He found a greenside bunker with his second shot and left his first attempt in the sand before hitting a decent third to within seven feet of the pin.
But he missed the putt and had to settle for a six and a play-off with Wiebe.
And, in near darkness, the first play-off hole was completed in a pair of par fours before the duo played the 18th hole again and once more carded a brace of pars - before play was finally stopped for the day at 9.35pm.
Langer had posted a closing 70 - that included 13 pars - for a nine-under total of 271, while Wiebe made his move in the final round with a four-under 66.