Eagle lands Langer in the top spot at Oasis
BOCA RATON — Bernhard Langer heads into Sunday’s final round of the Oasis Championship with the lead, thanks to an eagle on the 18th hole that capped his second round.
Langer, the German who resides in Boca Raton, sank a putt from about 15 feet away and followed it with a fist pump as he carded a 4-under 68 that put him at 12-under overall on a windy Saturday afternoon at The Old Course at Broken Sound.
The eagle on the par-5 18th leaped Langer back ahead of Marco Dawson, who is 11-under, in the three-round PGA Tour Champions event. Dawson had momentarily taken the lead when Langer bogeyed the 17th hole and Dawson birdied on 18.
“It was sweet after making bogey on 17 from the middle of the fairway,” said Langer, who last won the Oasis in 2010 and was runner-up last year and in 2013.
“After making my first bogey of the week there, it was nice to finish with three perfect shots.”
Should Langer win the title Sunday, he would become the first two-time champion of the tournament, which has previously gone by the Boca Raton Championship and Allianz Championship. It would also move him to No. 1 on the Tour’s all-time money list as the
$255,000 first-place prize would surpass the $179,050 difference between him and Hale Irwin.
While the eagle on 18 gave Langer the lead, he knows it’ll come down to what happens on Sunday.
“One shot,” Langer said of the difference between leading by a stroke or being tied. “That’s really not a great deal one way or another, but [I would] rather be one in front than one behind.”
Langer also hit an eagle on the
11th hole and birdied the seventh during a round in which he hit for par on 14 of the holes.
Dawson birdied six times and bogeyed once for a 5-under
67. With wind from the northeast ranging from 10 to 20 mph, he felt he handled it well.
“When it gets like this, I just try and hit the ball solid and not take any chances, hit a lot to the middle of the greens,” said Dawson, from Merritt Island. “When it feels right, then go ahead and be aggressive. But for the most part, when you’re a little too aggressive with wind like this, it can bite you.”
Dawson knows he faces a challenge Sunday due to Langer’s familiarity with the course, joking that Langer lives on Broken Sound’s putting green. Langer clarified his drive to the course is about 10 minutes, depending on how many red lights he catches.
Behind Langer and Dawson, David Toms and Brandt Jobe are tied for third at 10-under.
Toms held a two-stroke lead late into his round Saturday but bogeyed on 14, 15 and 17. He shot up the leaderboard on the front nine with an eagle on the seventh hole and three birdies that preceded it.
Jobe was the largest riser in the second round with a
The lead grouping of Langer, Dawson and Jobe tees off at
12:05 p.m. on Sunday.
Other notes: Jesper Parnevik, the leader after Friday’s first round, dropped into a four-way tie for fifth Saturday. He shot even par to stay at 9-under over two rounds.
Bob Estes, Tom Byrum and Woody Austin are all tied with Parnevik, three shots off the lead.
After an impressive 5-under opening round in his PGA Tour Champions debut, Gary Nicklaus went 5-over Saturday to drop him back to even.
Reigning Oasis champion Mark Calcavecchia carded a 6-over 78 to put him at 6-over overall.
John Daly started his second round on a tear, with birdies on four of the first five holes. Three bogeys, a double bogey and a pair of triple bogeys followed to put him at 6-over after two rounds.
Bernhard Langer’s eagle on the 18th hole Saturday gave him a oneshot lead heading into the final round of the Oasis Championship.