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Bernhard Langer Adds European Open Title to List of Golfing Honors He's Won in 1985

September 02, 1985| Associated Press

SUNNINGDALE, England — Bernhard Langer boosted his 1985 earnings to $546,000 Sunday when he won the European Open golf championship by three strokes.

The 28 year-old West German, winner of the Masters' title in April, followed his third round 66 with a final-round 67 to finish with an 11-under-par total of 269.

Runner-up in the $280,000 tournament was Irishman John O'Leary at 272, eight under par, while a stroke back were another Irishman, Des Smyth, and two Britons, Gordon Brand Jr. and Howard Clark.

Further down the board was Spanish ace Severiano Ballesteros, whose four consistent rounds of 70, 68, 69, 68 left him six strokes behind Langer.

British Open winner Sandy Lyle finished 20 strokes behind the winner after a disastrous final round 74.

Langer's triumph was his second in eight days. Last Sunday, he won the West German Open title in Bremen. It was the second time this season that Langer has won back-to-back titles.

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