Langer rolls to win at Greater Gwinnett Championship|
Duluth, GA (Sports Network) - Bernhard Langer carded a 4-under 68 on Sunday to
win the inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship by three strokes.
Langer, who captured his 18th career Champions Tour title and his second this
year, finished 72 holes at TPC Sugarloaf at 9-under-par 206.
Tom Lehman (67) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (70) shared second place at 7-under,
while Chien Soon Lu (69) finished in fourth at minus-5.
Third-round leader Esteban Toledo slipped to a 3-over 74 during his final
round to fall into a group of players tied for seventh at 3-under 213.
Langer quickly raced to a 1-stroke lead over Toledo at 8-under with a string
of three straight birdies from the third as Toledo followed a pair of birdies
at the second and fourth with a bogey at the fifth.
Toledo then bogeyed the sixth to drop two shots off the pace, but Langer
tripped to a bogey of his own at the seventh to maintain his 1-stroke
Langer was able to give himself some breathing room at the 10th when he holed
out a chip from just off the green for a birdie.
"I think that was the key," Langer said about his shot. "That gave me that
little cushion and then I settled down and played some pretty good golf after
Toledo fell apart from there as he double bogeyed the par-3 11th to drop him
four strokes off the pace.
Langer, meanwhile, followed his birdie at the 10th with five straight pars to
remain at 8-under and was only threatened once after Lehman capped his bogey-
free round with three birdies over his final four holes to get within a stroke
of the lead.
But Langer was not rattled and closed with birdies at the 16th and 18th to
pull away for the win.
"He doesn't get ruffled, he doesn't let things bother him, he takes
it all in stride," Lehman said about Langer. "I think he has one of the best
perspectives of anybody who's ever played the game maybe."
NOTES: The tournament was the first Champions Tour event in the Atlanta area
since 2000. TPC Sugarloaf was the site of the PGA Tour's BellSouth Classic
from 1997-2008 ... The Champions Tour stays in Georgia next week for the
Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, which Michael Allen and David Frost
won by a stroke last year.
04/21 19:57:28 ET