WITH ten birdies in his final round, Germany’s Bernhard Langer has stormed home to win the 2012 3M Championship at the TPC Twin Cities golf course in Blaine, Minnesota.
The 54 year old started the day six strokes behind leader David Peoples and was on a mission from the opening tee shot.
Langer predicted he needed a 10-under 62 to win the US Champion Tour event for the second time in four years and that proved to be the magic figure.
Langer went for a very risky utility club second shot over water on the par five last, hit it thin but it landed just a couple of feet over the hazard and set him up for an eagle putt.
He made the birdie that secured his 15th Champions Tour title, ending a 24-event victory drought.
“Winning is always special, but this is pretty important because it’s been awhile since I’ve won, and especially after what I’ve been through the last few weeks being in contention and not being able to close the deal,” Langer said. “It was very important for my confidence to pull off a win here sooner than later.”
Peoples has remained winless in 51 starts on the tour and was in unaccustomed territory when he entered the final round with a three strokes lead.
The American said later he did a good job of “staying in the moment” and felt he was cruising throughout his round but should have paid more attention to what Langer was achieving elsewhere.
“I should have looked at the boards and I should have paid attention to what was going on,” he said after closing with a 2-under 70, two strokes behind Langer, who finished on 18-under.
“I got in my own little world and fell in love with where I was. … I kind of felt like, ‘Just don’t make any mistakes and you’ll be all right.’ I had no idea.”
Kenny Perry (64) and Olin Browne (66) tied for third at 15 under.
Australia’s Peter Senior shared the lead after a first round 7-under 65 and added to that with rounds of 71 & 68. He finished on 12-under tied for seventh.2012 3M Championship Final Leaderboard