Bern­hard Langer takes Oa­sis ti­tle

Play­ing 10 min­utes from res­i­dence, smokes Oa­sis field

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By David Furones South Florida Sun Sen­tinel

Fin­ished at a tour­na­ment-record 19-un­der, win­ning by 5 strokes.

BOCA RA­TON — With his daugh­ter as his cad­die, a fa­vorite Bi­ble verse in his pocket and play­ing on his home course, there was no stop­ping Bern­hard Langer on Sun­day.

Langer ran away with the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship ti­tle at The Old Course at Bro­ken Sound, which is a brief 10-minute drive from his Boca Ra­ton res­i­dence, with a 7-un­der fi­nal round that had him fin­ish with a tour­na­ment-record 19-un­der 197 over­all, five shots ahead of the field.

“It means a great deal to win in front of your home crowd, your fam­ily, your friends,” said Langer. “Win­ning at home is al­ways ex­tremely spe­cial.”

Langer, the Ger­man who also won in 2010, is the first two-time cham­pion of the Oa­sis, the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons event which last year went by Boca Ra­ton Cham­pi­onship and was pre­vi­ously known as Al­lianz Cham­pi­onship since its in­cep­tion in 2007.

With the $255,000 in top prize money, Langer passes Hale Ir­win for No. 1 on the tour’s all-time money list, now earn­ing a

ca­reer to­tal of $27,196,504. Langer’s 39th Cham­pi­ons ti­tle puts him six be­hind Ir­win’s record, 45.

Langer’s front nine aug­mented the lead he en­tered Sun­day with af­ter cap­ping his sec­ond round with an ea­gle on the 18th hole Satur­day. Marco Daw­son would fin­ish sec­ond at 14-un­der, and Bob Estes was third at 13-un­der. The fiveshot mar­gin of vic­tory shat­tered the tour­na­ment’s pre­vi­ous high of two.

En­ter­ing Sun­day with a one-stroke ad­van­tage, Langer birdied five of his first seven holes in the fi­nal round to first in­crease his lead to five strokes. He would hold on from there.

“It was an amaz­ing start,” Langer said. “One of my best starts ever, hon­estly. In these con­di­tions, as windy as it was to­day, it was re­ally, re­ally good. I was re­ally pleased with how my short game held up.”

With only one bo­gey through­out his three rounds, he did it all week­end with his daugh­ter, Jackie, by his side as his cad­die.

“It’s al­ways fun to be on the bag. Wish I could do it more of­ten,” said Jackie Langer, who won for the first time as Bern­hard’s cad­die. “I try to keep things light, light-hearted, tell some jokes, but more so just keep­ing him loose and not too anx­ious.”

Said Bern­hard: “She cer­tainly pro­vided the three ba­sic rules of a cad­die: Show up, keep up, shut up. She was per­fect at those three — the shut up didn’t quite work as well, so I should say she was good at two. She likes to talk, but she just re­laxes me.”

Langer also had Jackie as his cad­die last year at the tour­na­ment when he fin­ished sec­ond to Mark Cal­cavec­chia, one of two pre­vi­ous times she has cad­died for him.

A Bi­ble verse, Phillip­pi­ans 4:6-7, he had writ­ten on a piece of pa­per in his pocket also in­spired him.

“It speaks to me per­son­ally but also as a golfer, be­cause it starts off say­ing, ‘Do not be anx­ious,’ ” Langer said. “I think we’re all anx­ious, es­pe­cially play­ing un­der the pres­sure we are in windy con­di­tions against great op­po­nents on a tough golf course.”

David Toms placed fourth with a 12-un­der three-day to­tal. A three-way tie for fifth fol­lowed, with Scott McCar­ron, Gene Sauers and Woody Austin all 11-un­der.

Nick­laus’ week­end

Gary Nick­laus, the son of golf leg­end and 18-time ma­jor cham­pion Jack Nick­laus, wrapped up his PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons de­but and first event since his re­turn to pro­fes­sional golf on Sun­day.

Gary Nick­laus fin­ished 1-over at the end of his three rounds af­ter card­ing a 1-over 73 on Sun­day. He shot 5-un­der on Fri­day, but a 5-over Satur­day put him back even af­ter his first two rounds.

“First day was re­ally nice to get out on a good start, kind of showed my­self and every­body else that, hey, I can still get out there,” said Nick­laus, who last played pro­fes­sion­ally in 2003 and spent the past 11 years golf­ing as an am­a­teur. “I got one good round in, one half­way, one bad. So next time out, hope­fully I’ll get two good rounds in and then even­tu­ally get three good rounds.”

Solid Sun­day

North­ern Ire­land’s Dar­ren Clarke shot a 7-un­der 65 on Sun­day to match Langer for the top fi­nal round. He fin­ished tied for 10th with a 9-un­der over the week­end.

Corey Pavin and Tom Per­nice Jr. each were 6-un­der on Sun­day to jump up the stand­ings into ties for 10th and 14th, re­spec­tively.


Bern­hard Langer of Ger­many shows off his tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship at The Old Course at Bro­ken Sound.

Bern­hard Langer plays his shot from the sixth tee dur­ing the fi­nal round of the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day in Boca Ra­ton. Langer won the tour­na­ment by five strokes.

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