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Broadhurst wins Senior Open as Jimenez falters

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Paul Broadhurst rallied to win the Senior Open Championship, firing a final-round 68 to overtake Miguel Angel Jimenez.

The finale at Carnoustie appeared to be a coronation for Jimenez, who began the day with a four-shot lead after challenging the course record one day prior. Instead, Jimenez stumbled with a bogey on No. 9 followed by a double on No. 10 to fall back to the pack.

The next man to emerge as sole leader was American Scott McCarron, who carded five birdies across his first 12 holes. But McCarron bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18, and his 9 under total left him alone in second, two shots back.

That left the door open for Broadhurst, who won six times on the European Tour and represented Europe at the 1991 Ryder Cup. The Englishman grabbed the lead with birdies on Nos. 13 and 15, then held on with clutch par saves on each of the final two holes. After a 3-over 75 in the opening round, Broadhurst closed with scores of 66-68-68 on the difficult links track to earn his first major title on the over-50 circuit.

Jimenez still had a chance to tie with a birdie on the last hole, but his approach found a bunker and he bladed his sand shot over the green. A closing double bogey left Jimenez with a 75, 10 shots worse than his third-round total. At 8 under, he tied for third with Magnus Atlevi.

With the win, Broadhurst earns an automatic spot in the field for the 146th Open next year at Royal Birkdale.