BERNHARD LANGER certainly broke his season long duck in commanding style on the weekend with a six stroke victory at the 2015 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.
The 57 year old German took an eight stroke lead into the final round at the Belmont Country Club in Massachusetts and although that – shock, horror – was whittled back a couple, his win was never in doubt.
Langer won five times on the US Champions Tour last year but had been winless in 2015.
There was a momentary setback on the third hole, when he three putted for his first bogey in 48 holes, but that was quickly set right with an eagle on the very next hole.
He finished on 19-under after his 3-under 68, six ahead of a fast finishing Kirk Triplett (64), with Americans Joe Durant (67) and Russ Cochran (69) sharing third on 10-under along with Colin Montgomerie (68).
“I enjoy playing with a big lead. But you’ve still got to pay attention. It’s not like it’s over,” said Langer, who moved into second on the Schwab Cup standings. “You just never know what happens. This game is so amazing: It’s brutally tough when things go bad, and enthralling and thrilling when things go right.”
Langer is the first since Arnold Palmer win in 1984 and ’85 to successfully defend his SENIOR PLAYERS title.
“It was a magical week,” Langer said. “Obviously, to do something that Arnie did is amazing.”
Peter Senior pulls out with shoulder injury
Australia’s Peter Senior withdrew from the event on Saturday, reportedly suffering tendonitis in his elbow and shoulder.
Senior, who opened in good form with rounds of 72, 70, pulled out after the seventh hole in the third round.Senior Players Championship Leaderboard