Langer wins the Senior Players
Langer wins the Senior Players
The fit and athletic German Langer wins the Senior Players Championship for the third year in a row, his narrow one-shot victory was enough to keep the ensuing pack in order for him to notch up another senior major golf championship.
Having to hole a nail biting 12 foot putt for victory on the final hole at the very breezy Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, this now makes seven senior golf major titles for Langer and his fifth win in the last eleven senior major championships, that leaves him in a tie for second place with Hale Irwin and one behind the great Jack Nicklaus on the senior tour career list, surely 2016 will certainly give him more chances to match or not exceed the Golden Bears seniors career exploits!
Langer made it known that the playing conditions were very tough over the final day with blustery and windy conditions, he even commented that he thought at one stage that the tournament officials might call the tournament off or delay the day’s rounds. According to Bernhard Langer, the golf ball was oscillating a lot on the putting greens and you had to pick the right time to make the stroke if you hit them at the wrong time the ball would just start rolling.
Langer was 2 under par entering the final day at the very hard and difficult Wissahickon Golf Course, he closed the tournament at one over par and a total score of 281, which happened to be the highest winning score since the event first started in 1983. Mark O’Meara still holds the record of the lowest event total of seven under par at the 2010 Senior Players Championship at the TPC in Maryland.
With Langer again being in contention at this year’s Masters in April, he was always going to carry that form over into the senior majors of 2016, with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Joe Durant both breathing down Langer’s back it was always going to be a close tournament having to make a tough 12 footer on the final green to seal the deal.
Not making any putts during his final round Langer had to wait until the 17th and 18th holes to finally make some putts that mattered, he didn’t have a moan about the greens but his comments pointed towards the greens that were so difficult to judge and the windy conditions didn’t help his cause either, either way he made the winners circle once again and overcame stiff competition and weather conditions to win yet again.
Being the oldest golfer to win the tournament he has also secured a place in the PGA Tours The Players Championship next year, so well worth the slog to have another crack at the younger, longer hitting and athletic pro’s on the tour nowadays – another thumbs up for the senior golfer who may be getting on a bit but can still manage the trying long conditions that today’s tour events throw up at him!
Langer has now notched up three victories this year, he also won the Chubb Classic in Florida and also the Regions Traditions in Alabama, he made the comment that once you are on that winning streak it builds your confidence and that breeds success. The two times Masters Champion is now on 28 victories on the PGA Champions Tour victories which is one victory behind Lee Trevino and quite a few back on the overall leader Hale Irwin who has 45 victories notched up, so quite a few wins to make up to take the overall spot away from Irwin – but Langer still has a few years of age up his sleeve to one day possibly catch or match the Irwin haul of victories.
With Jimenez and Durant both firing final day rounds of 68, with Jimenez saying that par on the day was a great score with the playing conditions that were present and the gusts of 40 MPH he also thought it was an enjoyable course to play and well happy with his total event score.
Link to another article written about Rocco Mediate winning his first senior major last month – CLICK HERE.
With the next senior major happening next month at Carnoustie Golf Club in Scotland, the Senior Open Championship is one tournament that Bernhard Langer would like to win to add to his already impressive resume.
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