Langer becomes oldest Champions Tour winner


RICHMOND, Virginia – Bernhard Langer became the oldest winner in PGA Tour champion history on Sunday when the 64-year-old birdieed 6 feet on the first hole of the playoffs to beat Doug Barron in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

The German star raised both arms in the air after winning the 50+ tour for the 42nd time and the first time since March 2000.

“I think it’s just encouraging for anyone over 50 or 60 that we can still perform at a very high level and you should never give up,” said Langer. “And sure, conditioning is one thing. You have to be mentally strong, you have to have good technique, nerves and everything in between.”

At 64, 1 month, 27 days, Langer broke the 63-year, 5-month, 4-day record set by Scott Hoch when he teamed up with Tom Pernice Jr. to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. Langer extended his streak of seasons with a win to 15 and moved within three years to match Hale Irwin as the senior win leader.

Barron birdieed the 18th par 5 for a 68 under 4. Langer followed with a birdie for a 69 to catch him at 202 under 14. Both made 6 foot birdie putts on the 18th. in the playoffs. Barron hit the right edge, leaving Langer to be the winner.

It also strengthens its lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. The tournament was the first of three playoff events.

Matsuyama wins the title

CHIBA, Japan – Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama clocked three birdies in five of the last nine and finished with an eagle for an under-65 score and a five-stroke victory in the Zozo Championship.

Matsuyama finished second to Tiger Woods in the Zozo Championship in 2019, the last time the PGA Tour event was held at Narashino Country Club. It was played last year in California due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The Japanese star was in the bronze medal playoffs at the Tokyo Olympics, where he played in the final group. This time, he gave his home country a reason to celebrate.

Matsuyama had a two-stroke lead over Cameron Tringale on the 18th par 5 when he hit 3-wood from 12 feet for eagle for the win. He finished 15 under 265. Tringale bogeyed for a 69 tied for second with Brendan Steele (66).

Matsuyama won the PGA Tour for the seventh time, a little short of the record for Asian players held by KJ Choi of South Korea.

British Open champion Collin Morikawa finished with a 69 to finish 10 shots back. Olympic gold medalist Xander Sc Chaudele, whose mother grew up in Japan, had a 68 and had 15 shots behind.

Ko wins in LPGA

BUSAN, South Korea – Jin Young Ko finished 8 under 64 and birdied the first hole of the playoffs to beat Hee Jeong Lim to win the BMW Ladies Championship, the 200th victory on the LPGA Tour by a South Korean player.

Ko has won for the second time in a row and the third in his last five starts. The LPGA Tour said she is expected to return to No. 1 in the world ahead of Nelly Korda, who has not played.

Lim led by four shots before the final round and shot 68 to join Ko at 22 under 266.

Four players were tied for third, four strokes behind, including New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, who shot a 64.

Jin Young Ko now has four wins this year.

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