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Bernhard Langer, 65, beats TimberTech for 44th PGA TOUR Champions title

Age is just another number… for Bernhard Langer to target and ignore.

A day after hitting two strokes under his age, Langer, 65, broke his own record as the oldest player to win the PGA TOUR Champions and, in doing so, closed off an all-time Champions League record win. ’45 Hale Irwin Tour.

Langer hit a 66 on Sunday in the final round of the TimberTech Championship at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., to finish 17 under, six strokes ahead of Paul Goydos and Thongchai Jaidee. It was his third victory at TimberTech and of course he lives in Boca Raton.

“It’s always amazing to win anywhere in the world, but winning in your hometown in front of family, friends is so much more meaningful and special because I have so many fans out there and it’s great to be at home, sleep in your own bed, make homemade food. ” said Langer. “We travel all year around, so it’s great to have a tournament at home.”

Langer, who hasn’t won since the Chubb Classic in February, played golf without mistakes – six birdies and no bogey. Goydos hit number 1 to tie with Langer, but the German hit fourth to regain the lead. The margin changed to three when Goydos double-bogeyed the fifth, and no one got any closer than that.

“I kind of had a good start and I kind of messed up the fifth hole and I just couldn’t even remotely put any pressure on it,” said Goydos. “I understand that Thongchai played well and (Padraig) Harrington played, but they were so late, they were never pushing me, not putting pressure on Bernhard. So it was up to me to pressure him and I never did.”

Langer’s 66 was the lowest round on Sunday by a hit. His 63 was Saturday’s lowest round by three strokes and the course record.

“Actually, I hit the ball really well even on the first day, but I didn’t make a lot of putts,” Langer said. “So the second day, I just rolled them all over the place, and got a bunker shot. And today I played really solid, hit a couple of irons really close, hit birdies basically and played golf almost flawlessly to the point where I just didn’t get myself into trouble and always kept my nose forward.”

Langer went from seventh to fifth in the Schwab Cup standings. Steven Alker, the leader in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup, maintained a good lead after tying for sixth at TimberTech. Harrington, Alker’s closest pursuer, hit 67 on Sunday to finish fourth solo.

“This is certainly not a confidence-building golf course for me, but today I strained a muscle in my neck before going out, so I was in a lot of trouble out there, I couldn’t really complete my backswing,” Harrington said. . “You know, I wouldn’t say I was in a lot of pain, but there was a lot of discomfort that made everything weird and difficult.

“Then it was again a bit like yesterday, it was all holding hands and just digging deep and trying to move on. But it never is… I used to lose one in three weeks to an injury in the past and I’ve done a good job on my neck so this is only the second time this year it’s come up. I just pulled a muscle by hitting a 5 iron at range. Yes, I managed to get by because I’ve done this before and I hope, as I said, that in the next few days this will be resolved.”

The top 36 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings after Sunday have advanced to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship season finale in Phoenix, which begins Thursday. John Huston’s tie for eighth at TimberTech took him from off the line to the last man in.

It will mark the first season finale appearance for Huston, 61, since his rookie season in 2011.

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