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Langer Shoots 63 To Win SAS Championshnip, Blake Finishes Second
Bernhard Langer came from behind and shot a final round 9-under par 63 to win the SAS Championship at 13 under par, 68-72-63-203.
Jay Don Blake finished in second place, two shots behind Langer. Blake missed an eagle putt on the 16th hole that would have put him in a tie with Langer, but his eagle putt slide past the hole and he had to settle for a birdie which put him within one. In his effort to catch Langer on the final hole he left his drive in trouble to the right and finished with a bogey which was still good enough for second place. He had rounds of 67-70-68-205.
“Probably the rhythm that I was in wasn’t very good because I was just making pars; Bernhard was making all the birdies,” Blake said. “You just feel like you have to be more aggressive. But sometimes being aggressive doesn’t always work out. Trying to be too aggressive on 18 kind of hurt me.”
Langer’s last victory came at the 3M Championship in Minnesota, in which he rallied from six strokes down with a 10-under 62 on the final day.
Langer took a 69-point lead over Tom Lehman in the points race for a $1 million annuity. Lehman did not play this week. The bogey-free 63 was the best final round by a winner in the history of the tournament.
Langer, who earned $315,000 and leads the Champions Tour money list with $1,818,896, had 11 one-putts during his round, including five of his last six holes.
“This week was pretty neat to have won from being four behind and played the round that I played today to take over the Schwab Cup lead, to take over the money list, leading in the money list,” Langer said. “Those are big goals of mine that I set at the beginning of the year, and obviously it’s not done, but I’m a little closer to maybe achieving it.”
Mike Reid finished tied for 19th with rounds of 69-70-73-212.
The start of play was delayed 90 minutes because of rain.