Happy Couples at Turnberry

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A THREE-UNDER-PAR 67 earned Fred Couples a two-shot victory at the Senior Open Championship at Turnberry.

The 52-year-old American, who trailed overnight leader Bernhard Langer by one stroke heading into the final round, closed with back-to-back birdies to secure the win.

Couples’ compatriot Gary Hallberg, the 36-hole leader, finished two shots back in 
second after carding 66.

“It was a very fun day,” said Couples.

“Being paired with Bernhard, you’ve got to play great and for a long time there, we were neck and neck.

“But for me I felt like I was hitting the ball very strong, very solid, and I was really lucky that it didn’t rain because I’m not very good in the rain!”

Langer could only a card a last-round 75 and had to settle for a share of sixth place.