SOUTH AFRICAN David Frost has won his third US Champions Tour title, beating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the second playoff hole to take the 2012 AT&T Championship in San Antonio.
Frost and Langer each shot 6-under 66 in regulation to finish at 8-under on TPC San Antonio’s Canyons Course.
They started the day with little hope of victory with America’s Mark Calcavecchia taking a six stroke lead into the third and final round.
“I wasn’t planning on this,” Frost said. “Only when I hit it close on 13 (to set up birdie) did I think that it was just Bernhard and I (with a chance to win).”
Calcavecchia blew out with a 74, finishing two strokes back. He bogeyed four of the first 11 holes.
“I putted bad on the front,” Calcavecchia said. “I didn’t hit it very good. I knew it yesterday, when I hit those bad drives on two holes (late in the round). I didn’t feel comfortable.”
The tournament was the final full-field end of the year. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week.
Langer came to San Antonio with the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings and added another 100 points to his cushion. He leads Tom Lehman by 211 points.
Just three players — Langer, Lehman and Roger Chapman — can top the standings in Scottsdale. Lehman won the US$1 million annuity last year.
Australia’s Peter Senior closed with a 72 to finish the tournament on 2-over tied for 25th.
He goes into the tour Championship next week at 12th in the Schwab standings. Senior’s year has so far included 10 top 10 finishes.