Stephen Dodd Wins Maiden Major at The Senior Open

Stephen Dodd Wins Senior Open
Stephen Dodd with his caddie Wayne after the final round of the Senior Open presented by Rolex at Sunningdale Golf Club on July 25, 2021 in Sunningdale, England. (Photo by Phil Inglis via Getty Images)

Stephen Dodd birdied the 72nd hole at Sunningdale Golf Club to secure a shocking win at The Senior Open Presented by Rolex.

The Welshman was deadlocked with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez through 71 holes but a perfect approach to 10 feet led to a birdie and a 68 to reach 13-under par, one stroke clear of the Spaniard.

The 55-year-old’s victory was a stunner to say the least as he’d only teed it up one time all season, and hadn’t really been a factor, seriously, since 2018.

“I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet,” said Dodd. “It’s been quite a tough day. Wasn’t playing great. So I’m sure on the drive home I’m reflect on it all and I’ll be a very happy person when I get back home later tonight.

“This could be the only chance I get to win, so tried my best to hole it. Thankfully for me it went in, so it was a nice way to finish for me.

“Just wanted to try and enjoy it. I said yesterday I’ve not played any competitive golf – well, one tournament in 18 or 19 months, so there’s no real competitive golf behind me, so I didn’t know what to expect this week, and even today, I didn’t play great today, like a few of the previous days, so I just ground it out and made a few silly mistakes and made up with a couple decent shots and some putts.”

Jimenez, the 2018 champion, posted a 5-under par 65 to finish second on 12-under par with Northern Irishman Darren Clarke third on 11-under par.

Defending champion Bernhard Langer made a late charge for a fifth Senior Open title, but a bogey on No. 17 ended his hopes, as he finished solo fourth on 9 under.

England’s Paul Broadhurst, who won on his Senior Open debut in 2016, rounded out the top-5 money makers on 8 under following a Sunday 69.

The 2021 Rolex Senior Open

Final-Round Leaderboard: Top-10

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 4)
1. Stephen Dodd -13 (-2)
2. Miguel Angel Jimenez -12 (-5)
3. Darren Clarke -11 (-3)
4. Bernhard Langer -9 (-2)
5. Paul Broadhurst -8 (-1)
6. Jerry Kelly -7 (+2)
7. Ricardo Gonzalez -5 (-1)
8. Ernie Els -4 (+2)
8. Wes Short Jr. -4 (E)
8. Yoshinobu Tsukada -4 (+1)

European Tour Media press releases, post-round notes, transcripts, and statistics were used to compile this report.


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