Roberts gets Senior Open title
SUNNINGDALE, England — Loren Roberts of the United States won his second Senior British Open title on Sunday, beating Mark McNulty on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.
Fred Funk also took part in the playoff at Sunningdale, but the American was eliminated on the first extra hole when he could only make par as Roberts and McNulty birdied.
The remaining pair parred the second playoff hole before Roberts clinched victory with another par at the next.
Greg Norman, the third-round leader, missed birdie chances at the first three holes and double-bogeyed the 17th after driving into trees. Norman finished in a tie for sixth place, three strokes behind the leaders.
‘‘My game felt good, no question about it. I just lack a lot of match practice,’’ Norman said.
Roberts, who won in 2006 at Turnberry, and Funk each shot a 67 in the final round. McNulty shot 64.
Bernhard Langer (65) was fourth with Sam Torrance (67) fifth. Norman (71) and Larry Mize (68) were next.
Roberts thought he had lost it on the second playoff hole after missing an 8-foot birdie attempt, but McNulty drove into heavy rough on the next hole and bogeyed.
‘‘I thought that was a real good chance I let get away,’’ Roberts said. ‘‘I got too involved with the line and forgot the speed.’’