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