Former Ryder Cup Captain, Bernard Langer, claimed his first European Seniors Tour title at the Casa Serena Open after carding a third consecutive four under par 67.

In so doing, the 51-year old beat Ian Woosnam, himself a Ryder Cup Captain in 2006, into second place and closed the gap on the Welshman at the top of the Order of Merit.

It was also a battle of former Masters Champions and it was the German who made it home first with a total score of 201 which amazingly included only one dropped shot.

The win, near Prague, sits nicely alongside Langer’s 1997 Czech Open triumph and the German reflected: “It’s pretty special winning here in the Czech Republic where my dad was born and my brother is running the tournament. It’s pretty cool.

“Playing alongside Ian and Peter (Mitchell) was also special. Both guys played very well but just didn’t make any putts. I played with Ian at The Senior Open Championship in July and he is very competitive. I played well in that tournament too so it has been a great year for me over here this year. “

1 Bernard Langer (Ger) 67 67 67 201

2 Ian Woosnam (Wal) 65 69 70 204

T3 Bob Boyd (USA) 67 68 70 205

T3 Gordon J Brand (Eng) 68 67 70 205

T5 Domingo Hospital (Esp) 67 69 70 206

T5 Peter Mitchell (Eng) 67 67 72 206

T7 Ross Drummond (Sco) 70 65 72 207

T7 Tony Johnstone (Zim) 67 70 70 207

T7 Jose Rivero (Esp) 69 69 69 207

T10 John Bland (RSA) 71 69 68 208