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Winning Ways

Bernhard Langer and Steve Stricker are among those to claim victories during the first portion of the PGA TOUR Champions schedule. Langer, the four-time Charles Schwab Cup Champion, continues to amaze with his competitive longevity By Bill Fields


or a few weeks this winter it looked as if a predominant plot on PGA TOUR Champions over the last decade might be changing. In three consecutive starts, four-time Charles Schwab Cup champion Bernhard Langer wasn’t close to being in contention, finishing T36, T54 and 58th at the Chubb Classic, Cologuard Classic and Toshiba Classic respectively. Could the 60-year-old’s amazing run of dominance on the 50-and-over circuit be coming to an end? Well, not exactly. It turned out that those three lackluster performances were a blip not a trend. Langer 50


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promptly turned his amazingly durable game around, closing with a 66 to crack the top 10 in his next appearance at the Rapiscan Systems Classic. Then he tied for second at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic and (with partner Tom Lehman) the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. No one was too surprised, then, when Langer regained his winning touch in his next start, the Insperity Invitational, the ninth event on the 2018 PGA TOUR Champions schedule. Langer opened with a 63 to take the first-round lead at The Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, Texas, and overcame

Bernhard Langer has won in a record 12 straight seasons on PGA TOUR Champions.


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