Bernhard Langer retains Senior Players Championship crown
By Associated Press Sport
Last Updated: 13/06/16 10:58am
Bernhard Langer sank a 12-foot par putt on the final hole to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship for a third successive year.
In windswept conditions at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, the German held his nerve to edge out American Joe Durant and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez by one shot.
The victory earned the 58-year-old the seventh senior major title of his career - and the fifth in the last 11 majors - to move alongside Hale Irwin in second place on the career list, one behind Jack Nicklaus.
"It was a tough, tough day," Langer said. "The wind was so gusty and so strong at times, I was wondering if they were going to call (off) the tournament today.
"The ball was oscillating a lot and there were a few putts, if you hit them at the wrong time, the ball would have just continued to go."
Langer, who took a three-shot lead into the final round at the Wissahickon Course, carded a closing three-over par 73 to finish on a one over par score of 281, the highest winning score in the history of the event first played in 1983.
Langer held off Jimenez and Durant, who both signed for two-under-par 68s, saving bogey with a six-footer on the par-four 17th before seeing his putt at the last eventually drop after it caught the edge and circled the cup.
"I didn't make anything until I made about a six-footer on 17 and a 12-footer on 18, that was about it," Langer said. "Whether that was me or the wind or the greens, who knows, but it was difficult and I don't think there were many good scores."
Langer made par on 10 of the first 11 holes on the AW Tillinghast-designed layout, making a bogey on the par-three third. He also bogeyed the par-four 12th and was fortunate to escape with the bogey on 17.
"My patience was good, it really was good all day," he added. "I was fortunate that I was never really caught. I think I was always in the lead all day, even though it dwindled to one or two at a time, but I was always in the lead."
Langer became the oldest winner in the history of the tournament. His previous two victories came in 2014 at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh and last year at Belmont in Massachusetts.
Jimenez, who matched Durant's 68 for the lowest round of the day, said: " It was tough from the very beginning of the day, and par is good in these conditions... very good.
"The golf course is magnificent. Beautiful. People say it's always nice and we play with a lot of wind here, but the condition of the course is perfect and it's a great track."
Whether that was me or the wind or the greens, who knows, but it was difficult and I don't think there were many good scores.
Senior Players champion Bernhard Langer
Durant, who birdied 15 and 18 in a driving finish to his round, said; "What a beautiful golf course. We're having a ball playing here, it's just very hard.
"The wind hasn't been down at all the entire week and it's just been tough, and when it dries out it makes it that much tougher."
American Brandt Jobe carded a final-day 71 to claim fourth spot on 283, one shot clear of compatriot Wes Short Jnr (72) with fellow-countryman Olin Browne (71) a further stroke back in fifth.