Langer col­lapse paves way for McCar­ron to win Se­nior Play­ers

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — For 70 holes, Bern­hard Langer did ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary to win his fourth con­sec­u­tive Con­stel­la­tion Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship.

Un­for­tu­nately, his per­for­mance at Caves Val­ley will be re­mem­bered only for what hap­pened af­ter that.

Langer’s un­char­ac­ter­is­tic col­lapse on Nos. 17 and 18 paved the way for Scott McCar­ron to win his first ma­jor tour­na­ment on the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons in sen­sa­tional come­back fash­ion Sun­day.

McCar­ron shot a bo­gey-free, 6-un­der-par 66 to make up a six-shot deficit and beat Langer and Brandt Jobe by a stroke.

“I’ve been work­ing so hard for this,” said McCar­ron, 51, from Cal­i­for­nia. “That was one of my goals this year, to win three events and one of them be­ing a ma­jor. So I’ve got one more event to go.”

McCar­ron’s vic­tory at the Al­lianz Cham­pi­onship in Fe­bru­ary wasn’t nearly as ex­cit­ing as this one, which came to fruition be­cause Langer came apart just when it seemed he was well on his way to mak­ing his­tory.

Seek­ing his third ma­jor win of the year, the 59-year Ger­man had a one-shot lead be­fore drop­ping his tee shot in the wa­ter on No. 17. Af­ter tak­ing the oneshot penalty, he missed a 4-footer and had to set­tle for a dou­ble bo­gey.

Play­ing in the two­some ahead of Langer and Jobe, McCar­ron didn’t need to see the leader board to re­al­ize what hap­pened.

“It wasn’t un­til I heard the fans up there in the cheap seats when Langer hit it in the wa­ter did I know that I might have a chance,” McCar­ron said.

On 18, Langer lipped out a 6-foot birdie putt that would have forced a play­off.

“I thought I hit a re­ally good putt,” he said. “But the big is­sue was 17, hit­ting a hor­ri­ble shot there and then miss­ing for bo­gey. That was the killer.”

He fin­ished with a 73 that in­cluded only two birdies.

1st PGA Tour win for DeCham­beau

Bryson DeCham­beau over­came a four-stroke deficit to win the John Deere Classic by a stroke for his first PGA Tour ti­tle and a spot in next week’s Bri­tish Open.

DeCham­beau, 23, birdied four of the fi­nal six holes at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., for a 6-un­der­par 65 and an 18-un­der 266 to­tal.

In 2015, the for­mer SMU star be­came the fifth player to win the NCAA in­di­vid­ual ti­tle and U.S. Am­a­teur in the same year.

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers shot a 70 to fin­ish in se­cond place.

DeCham­beau made a 14foot birdie putt on No. 18 to pull even with Rodgers. Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out, and he sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

Wes­ley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 un­der par, and past tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons Steve Stricker (64) and Zach John­son (67) topped the group at 15 un­der.

Cabr­era Bello tops in Scot­land

Rafa Cabr­era Bello birdied the first hole of a play­off with Cal­lum Shinkwin to win the Scot­tish Open for his first ti­tle in 5½ years.

The 405th-ranked Shinkwin left short a 4-foot par putt for vic­tory on his 72nd hole to shoot a 4-un­der 68 and drop into a play­off with Cabr­era Bello, who shot a course-record 8-un­der 64. Both were 13 un­der par over­all.

Re­turn­ing to the par-5 18th at Dun­don­ald Links in Irvine, Cabr­era Bello sent a 3-wood from 275 yards to within 8 feet. His ea­gle putt was short, but he tapped in for birdie, leav­ing Shinkwin a 7-foot putt for birdie to force a se­cond hole. Again, his putt didn’t reach the cup.

Char­lie Neiber­gall / As­so­ci­ated Press

Hats off to Bryson DeCham­beau, who earned his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

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