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Couples takes Senior Open with late birds

July 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

TURNBERRY, Scotland, July 29 (UPI) -- Fred Couples closed with a flourish Sunday, notching birdies on the final two holes to capture The Senior Open Championship at Turnberry.

Couples fired a 3-under 67 in the final round, good for a two-shot victory in the second major tournament on the U.S. senior circuit calendar.

The victory was the eighth of Couples' senior career. He finished at 9-under-par 271, besting Gary Hallberg, who ended with a 4-under 66 for sole possession of second place at minus-7.

Sharing third place were Carl Mason (66), Dick Mast (67) and Barry Lane (69) at 4-under 276.

Tumbling from a share of third-round lead into sixth place was 2010 champion Bernhard Langer, who fell to a 5-over 75.

That knotted him at minus-2 with John Cook (71), Mark Wiebe (67) and Peter Fowler (73).

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