BERNHARD LANGER came from behind to win the 2012 SAS Championship in North Carolina for his second US Champions Tour title of the year.
The two stroke victory saw the 55 year old German take the lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup points race and go to the top of the tour money list.
Langer began the final round at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary four strokes behind the leader. He birdied the final two holes to finish with a 9-under 63 (13-under for the tournament) and snatch the championship from American Jay Don Blake (68), who bogeyed the last to contribute to a two stroke turnaround.
“I knew I had to go deeper and lower to make up some ground,” Langer said. “And thank goodness … it was 9 under because Jay Don came very close to tie me.”
“So a lot of good golf, probably only two bad shots and everything else was good or really good.”
Langer, who now has 16 Champions Tour titles, took a 69 point lead in the Charles Schwab Cup over Tom Lehman who didn’t play this week.
There are just two more events before the Cup Championship at the Desert Mountain Club (Cochise) in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the beginning of November.
Australia’s Peter Senior closed with a 2-under 70 to finish the tournament at 3-under tied for 25th.
Senior remains at 12th in the Charles Schwab standings, well inside the 30 golfer cut-off point for the Scottsdale championship event.
The Champions Tour moves just down the road a piece to the 2012 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in Conover, North Carolina, this week.
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