Langer Bounces Back With Victory

Bernhard Langer turned Masters misery into Gwinnett glory. A week after the 55yearold German flamed out in pursuit of a third green jacket, he rebounded with a victory in the Champions Tour’s inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship. Starting Sunday’s final round at TPC Sugarloaf one stroke behind second-round leader Esteban Toledo, Langer shot 67 to finish at 10-underpar 206, three strokes ahead of Tom Lehman (final-round 67) and Tom Pernice Jr. (70) in the 54hole tournament. Langer’s second victory of the season and 18th of his Champions Tour career extended his lead on the money list and the Charles Schwab Cup points race. Still, he acknowledged having difficulty refocusing after his experience at Augusta National, where he birdied the first three holes of the final round to climb to within two of the lead before unraveling. “It was a tough finish for me (at Augusta) on Sunday and a very difficult Sunday night and Monday,” said Langer, who made consecutive Back-nine double bogeys en route to a closing 76 and T25 finish. “You replay the tape and what I did and the breaks I got and all that stuff. I really didn’t play all that bad. It was just the breaks were against me.”


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