Darren Clarke won the Senior Open as a birdie on the last handed him a maiden senior Major on a dramatic day at Gleneagles.
The Northern Irishman entered the final day in a share of the lead and was still on top when torrential rain caused a near two-hour delay in Scotland.
Upon the resumption, the chasing pack made a flurry of birdies, with Pádraig Harrington making gains on the 17th and 18th as he came home in 30 to join Clarke at nine under and set the clubhouse target at the King’s Course.
Clarke stood on the 18th tee knowing a birdie would make him just the fourth man to do the Senior Open and Open double and he two-putted from a long way off the green at the par five to get to 10 under and win by one.
Ernie Els, Paul Broadhurst, Thongchai Jaidee, Steven Alker, Doug Barron and Mauricio Molina finished at eight under, a shot clear of Colin Montgomerie.
Clarke now joins Bob Charles, Gary Player and Tom Watson as a winner of the Claret Jug and the Senior Open.
Darren Clarke is a mood 🤣🤣pic.twitter.com/oQaxoVCkCr
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) July 24, 2022
– Report from DP World Tour website