THE UNSTOPPABLE Bernhard Langer has claimed his 18th US Champions Tour title with a three stroke victory at the 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship at the TPC Sugarloaf near Atlanta.
The 55 year old German was coming off an inspiring performance at the US Master last week and continued his great run on the over 50’s tour this year, with five top three finishes in six starts, including two victories.
“I’m trying to make it easier,” Langer said. “When things look easy, it’s when you do things very well. I’m trying to make my swing better where even at my age, (when I) lose flexibility, lose some strength, I will have a swing I can repeat under all circumstances, make good contact. Improve my chipping, my putting.
“I have a lot more wisdom. I know what kind of shots I can hit, what I can do, what I can’t do. That makes up the lack of distance I might have or the lack of other things. There are a lot of very good over 50 golfers who can produce some very good results.”
Langer said the short-game excellence he had displayed was due, in large part, to his preparations for the Masters, where he finished 25th.
“I knew I would be chipping a lot at Augusta,” he said. “I practiced the short game.”
“It’s gratifying to see all the hard work that pays off,” he said. “Sometimes it doesn’t pay off. I’ve had stretches in my career where the more I practiced, the worse I get. Lately, the more I practice the better I get.
“At the same time I know I have limited years left. I’m 55 now. We all know when you get to that 60 mark it gets harder and harder. I’m trying to stay in shape, trying to still improve my technique to have a few more good years out here.
Langer fired a final round 5-under 67 to finish on 10-under and beat second placegetters Tom Lehman (67) and Tom Pernice Jr. (70) by three strokes.
The two Aussie golfers involved in the event didn’t have great tournaments with Peter Senior (72) finishing at T36 and Steve Elkington (74) T45.Greater Gwinnett Championship Leaderboard