Com­fort­able close to home, Langer breezes to 5-shot win

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

Bern­hard Langer made him­self right at home in the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship.

Play­ing 10 min­utes from his house in Boca Ra­ton, Fla., the 61-year-old Ger­man star closed with a 7-un­der 65 on Sun­day in windy con­di­tions at the Old Course at Bro­ken Sound for a five­stroke vic­tory.

He fin­ished at a tour­na­ment-record 19-un­der 197 for his 39th vic­tory on the 50-and-over cir­cuit and earned $255,000 to break Hale Ir­win’s tour ca­reer record with $27,196,504.

“There’s many things to cel­e­brate,” Langer said. “It means a great deal to win in front of your home crowd, your fam­ily, your friends. Win­ning at home is al­ways ex­tremely spe­cial, no doubt about it. It made it more spe­cial hav­ing my first win with my daugh­ter Jackie, who’s only cad­died three times for me.”

Langer moved within six of Ir­win’s tour vic­tory record and won in his 13th straight sea­son to ex­tend his record.

“The key to suc­cess is a lot of things,” Langer said. “You’ve got to be healthy, other­wise you can’t play, and a lot of guys at age 61 aren’t healthy any­more. They had this op­er­a­tion or that op­er­a­tion or a knee re­place­ment or a hip re­place­ment or what­ever it may be. So I’ve been for­tu­nate enough not to have any ma­jor surg­eries so far be­sides my thumb in 2011, so that’s key.”

Langer birdied five of the first seven holes in a bo­geyfree round.

“One of my best starts ever, prob­a­bly,” Langer said. “And in these con­di­tions, as windy as it was to­day, it was re­ally, re­ally good. I was very pleased with the way my short game held up. I putted re­ally good, be­cause some­times with the long put­ter it’s even harder in windy con­di­tions. But I read the greens well, my speed was good and I was for­tu­nate enough to make a whole bunch of them.”

He also won the 2010 event and fin­ished sec­ond last year.

Marco Daw­son was sec­ond af­ter a 69.

Bob Estes shot a 68 to fin­ish third at 13 un­der, and David Toms was an­other stroke back af­ter a 70. Scott McCar­ron (67), Gene Sauers (69) and Woody Austin (70) were 11 un­der, and Fred Cou­ples (70) and Ken Tani­gawa (70) fol­lowed at 10 un­der.

Retief Goosen (72) tied for 24th at 6 un­der in his se­nior de­but. Gary Nick­laus, also mak­ing his first tour start, had a 73 to tie for 51st at 1 over. The 50-year-old son of Jack Nick­laus played on a spon­sor ex­emp­tion.

Vic Open: Ce­line Boutier of France claimed a twostroke vic­tory in the LPGA event while Scot­land’s David Law ea­gled the par-5 18th to win the men’s ti­tle by a stroke over Aus­tralians Brad Kennedy and Wade Ormsby in Bar­won Heads, Aus­tralia.

Boutier shot a fi­nal-round 72 to fin­ish at 8-un­der 281. Aus­tralians Sarah Kemp (65) and Su Oh (74) and Eng­land’s Char­lotte Thomas (69) were tied for sec­ond.

Law’s fi­nal-round 66 left him a stroke ahead of Kennedy (67) and thir­dround leader Ormsby (70) at 18-un­der 270 on the 13th Beach Golf Links to win his first Euro­pean Tour tour­na­ment.

The Women’s Aus­tralian Open, also sanc­tioned by the LPGA, will be played next week at The Grange in Ade­laide. The men’s Euro­pean Tour is co-sanc­tion­ing the Perth World Su­per 6 in West­ern Aus­tralia next week.

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