England's Bland Wins Senior Major Title in First Attempt.

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England's Bland Wins Senior Major Title in First Attempt.

England's Richard Bland won the Senior PGA Championship, one of the five major titles for over-50 players, in his debut senior event.

Richard Bland, a 51-year-old now playing on the LIV Golf circuit, secured victory at the Senior PGA Championship with an eight-under-par final round of 63, totaling 17-under.

He finished three shots ahead of Australia's Richard Green and four ahead of Greg Chalmers, also from Australia, at Benton Harbor in Michigan. Green made a late push with two eagles on the back nine, but Chalmers faltered with bogeys on his final three holes.

Bland led after the first two rounds, but a third-round 74 put him behind Chalmers and Ernie Els. On Sunday, Bland surged with eight birdies in the first 12 holes, and despite a bogey on the 13th, an eagle on the 15th secured his lead.

Els finished tied for sixth with Chris DiMarco, while defending champion Steve Stricker, Retief Goosen, and Stewart Cink also finished strong. 

Bland, who won the 2021 British Masters at The Belfry, became the oldest first-time winner on the DP World Tour before joining LIV Golf.