Boca Raton, Fla. – Bernhard Langer broke his own PGA Tour Champions record with a six-under 66 for a six-shot victory at the Timberlake Championship on Sunday, the 65-year-old German one. It’s far from being the same as a resume.
Langer started the final lap with a one-shot lead, was briefly caught by Paul Goidos and pulled away from the guys, which meant everyone for him.
The two-time Masters champion, who broke his age by two shots when he took the lead on Saturday, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th at Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club to beat his age for seventh.
He made a clean sweep of 66 balls from Goidos (71) and Tongchai Jade (67).
Langer is far from matching Hale Irwin’s record from 1995 to 2007 with 44 career victories at the age of 61.
Langer recalled Irwin’s record 45 wins over the past several years.
“I’m getting closer and closer,” Langer said. “I’m also getting older, so the clock is ticking and I can win another two or three years. But I’m already the biggest and I broke the record again this week.”
Langer, who won the Chubb Classic in Florida earlier this year, now has 11 wins since turning 60. He has won at least once in 16 years in the senior circuit.
Langer, who finished at 17-under 199, moved up to No. 5 at the Charles Schwab Trophy, but fell short of a chance to claim a seventh title.
This year, four-time winner Steven Alker maintained his big lead in the Schwab Cup by finishing sixth. It will be decided next week at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, which is effectively a two-man tournament.
Padraig Harrington, who had to deal with a pulled neck muscle on Sunday, shot 67 to finish fourth to at least have a chance.
Points are counted double for the three events of the season. Alker leads Harrington with 617,980 points and the winner will get 880,000 points next week.
Harrington is happy to have the distance, especially after starting the second round with a four-bogey eight.
“At least I got on with it. It didn’t look like it after the first hole yesterday,” he said. “My first ball went out of bounds, my second ball was going well out of bounds, it hit the fence, I was playing left-handed, then I hit it in the water. Yeah, it didn’t seem like it. I was at that stage in this tournament.
The leading 36 players advanced to Phoenix. Kevin Sutherland finished the weekend tied for fifth at 66-68, moving up 11 spots to No. 26. In number 36.