Fred Couples held his nerve and held on to his temper yesterday to overcome both the rest of the field and officialdom and claim his first win on European soil at Turnberry.
The American, a former US Masters champion, produced a three-under-par closing 67 to see off overnight leader Bernhard Langer and Gary Hallberg to win the Senior Open by two shots.
"I'm very happy and excited to have won this event," he said. "I never won the Open Championship, but I got close, so this is the next best thing and it's my biggest Senior Tour win so far."
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