Langer wins with tourney record
Bernhard Langer, a three-time Champions Tour Player of the Year, has stepped back into the winners circle.
Bernhard Langer, a three-time Champions Tour Player of the Year, stepped back into the winners circle at The Quarry in Naples, Florida on Sunday.
Langer shot a 6-under-par 66 to set a tournament record at the ACE Group Classic with a 20-under-par 196 total that also earned him a comprehensive victory by four shots.
Langer, 53, held a four-stroke lead going into the final round and although Fred Funk got within two after Langer bogeyed the 11th, the German golfing legend hit back with birdies on the 12th and 14th and then put the cherry on the top of his triumph with a 5-footer for birdie on the last.
“It’s always exciting winning,” said Langer, a two-time Masters winner whose victory was his 14th on the Champions Tour win.
“It never gets old no matter where or how big the tournament; whether it’s a major or not. Winning is what we’re out here for, what I practice for.”
Funk had a chance to make a strong finish, but missed a short birdie putt on 17 and to finish with a 66 and a 16-under total.
“I just couldn’t get them in the hole from there,” he said. “I gave myself some opportunities. I thought if I could’ve kept the heat on him and made a few more of those putts things might have been different, but Bernhard played great.”
Nick Price (66) and Russ Cochran (67) were a further shot back in a tie for third while Mark Calcavecchia (68) was fifth at 14 under.
“Overall it was kind of a crazy day,” said Cochran, who had been tied for the first-round lead with Langer at theb start of the day.
“I missed some putts you’da thought I’d make and made a bunch of them you didn’t think I’d make.”
Langer won after what had been a disappointingly slow start to the year. He had finished tied for 16th and 17th in the season’s first two full-field events and wasn’t happy.
So ,much so, that he practiced like a demon this week.
He came up with a new driver, an even longer putter and tried out three different sets of irons. He called swing coach Willie Hoffman almost every day and was then concerned that he may have overworked himself.
“I was pretty tired, but I knew I had to work on my game extremely hard to sort out what clubs to use, what putter to use and it all came together at the right time,” he said.
Rory McIlroy looking to kick on after emotional Ryder Cup
McIlroy broke down in tears in a rare show of emotion in Wisconsin.
Jon Rahm keen to win at Valderrama for ‘historic reasons and nostalgia’
The Spaniard is hoping to perform on home soil.
‘Stupid is as stupid does’ – Phil Mickelson criticises club length restriction
The R&A and USGA have brought in a ‘model local rule’ to limit all clubs other than putters to a maximum of 46 inches.
Top-level golf tournaments to be given option of imposing limit on club length
This could curb the big-hitting likes of Bryson DeChambeau in their continual quest for greater length off the tee.
THE CJ CUP: Vegas links that could help us hit the jackpot this week
The PGA Tour remains in Las Vegas this week and several players in the field have some home advantage which could prove significant.
Betting preview: Sam Burns to continue impressive form in the Shriners Children’s Open
The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas this week and Planet Sport tipster Jack Kelliher has four selections for the tournament.
Feuding rivals Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka to clash in ‘The Match’
Tensions have run high between the pair since early 2019.
Four golfers to oppose short priced favourite Jon Rahm with in this week’s Open de Espana
The European Tour heads to Spain for three weeks and the action begins at Club de Campo Villa Madrid.
Danny Willett enjoys perfect birthday with Alfred Dunhill Links Championship win
The Englishman won for the first time in over two years.