Langer on top of world senior golf

BERNHARD LANGER wrapped up a stellar year in world senior golf on the weekend by taking home the US$1 million annuity for winning the Schwab Cup season long points race on the US Champions tour.

The German golfer came in third in the final event on the tour for 2010 behind John Cook, who successfully defended his title at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday at Harding Park, San Francisco.

“Looking back it’s been an unbelievable year,” said Langer, who won the Senior British and U.S. Senior opens in consecutive weeks.

“The thing I (hadn’t) done so far is winning the Schwab Cup, so this was a big deal for me. To come out on top is a great feeling and it’s worth all the hard work over the years.”

Langer’s final round 69 put him at 12 under and tied for third behind Cook (67) who finished at 17 under, two ahead of runner-up Michael Allen.

Fred Couples, the only player in position to catch Langer entering the tournament, closed with a 67 to tie for 10th at 9 under. Couples had to settle for the runners-up US$500,000 annuity.

Langer won five times on the tour this year and is odds on to win his third consecutive Jack Nicklaus Trophy as the tour’s player of the year.

Langer won the Arnold Palmer Award as the tour’s leading money winner and is the third player to lead the money list three times behind  Don January (1980, ’83, ’84) and Hale Irwin (1997, ’98, 2002).

“I came out here three years ago trying to be one of the dominant players,” Langer said. “I had no clue that this was going to happen.”

After blasting a 67 in the opening round and threatening for the lead, Australia’s Peter Senior lost his way with subsequent rounds of 72, 73, 74.

Senior finished 26th in the 30 man field but overall had a great rookie season on the Champions Tour, finishing 20th on the money list with earnings of US$821,000.

He’ll be back for more next year.

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