Ea­gle lands Langer in the top spot at Oasis

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By David Furones

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

7-un­der 65.

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.

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