Ger­many’s Langer wins record ninth se­nior ma­jor

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BEN NUCK­OLS

STER­LING, VA. — Bern­hard Langer played near flaw­less golf and took ad­van­tage of Vi­jay Singh’s late mis­takes to win the Se­nior PGA Cham­pi­onship at Trump Na­tional on Sun­day for his record ninth se­nior ma­jor.

The Se­nior PGA was the only ma­jor that had eluded the 59-yearold Ger­man star dur­ing his dom­i­nant decade-long run on the 50and-over cir­cuit. He tied Jack Nick­laus’ se­nior ma­jor record last week with a come­back vic­tory in the Re­gions Tra­di­tion in Alabama.

De­spite a few dozen pro­test­ers, the drama re­mained on the course at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s club on the shores of the Po­tomac River. Trump, com­ing off a nine-day trip abroad, did not at­tend the fi­nal round.

Langer pulled ahead of Singh with a 12-foot birdie on the par-4 16th. Singh three-putted 17 to give Langer a two-shot ad­van­tage. After Singh birdied 18, Langer calmly tapped in for par and a one-shot vic­tory. He shot a 4-un­der 68 to fin­ish at 18-un­der 270. Singh closed with a 70.

Langer also won the sea­sonopen­ing event in Hawaii and has 32 ca­reer se­nior vic­to­ries.

STEVE HELBER, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bern­hard Langer gives a fist pump as he birdie’s the ninth hole Sun­day.

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