At an age in which many golfers start to decline, Bernhard Langer continues to thrive.
The 59-year-old German garnered his third consecutive – and fourth overall – Charles Schwab Cup on Sunday, collecting the $1 million annuity in the process. While the 2010 U.S. Senior Open champion finished two strokes behind champion Paul Goydos in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain Club’s Cochise Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., Langer managed to hold off 2014 U.S. Senior Open champion Colin Montgomerie in the season-long points chase.
This is the first year the PGA Tour Champions conducted a three-event playoff series to determine the Charles Schwab Cup.
Langer fired a final-round 64 on the par-70 layout to surge past Montgomerie, who started Sunday’s final round two strokes ahead of Langer. Had Montgomerie finished solo second and Langer third, there would have been a playoff to determine the Charles Schwab Cup. Montgomerie, however, closed with a 68 to finish in third at 11-under 199. Goydos shot 66 for a 54-hole total of 15-under 195.
Two weeks ago, Langer was forced to withdraw from the Charles Schwab Cup playoff opener, the PowerShares QQQ at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., with a left knee injury, but he returned last week in Richmond, Va., and was plenty healthy this past weekend in Arizona to win the title.
Langer finished the 2016 season with four victories and never finished worse than 13th in 21 starts. He tied for 11th with Montgomerie and Tom Lehman in the U.S. Senior Open in August at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.
“It’s incredible,” Langer said. “Finishing all the tournaments throughout the year in the top 13, it’s extremely tough to do. So it’s difficult to put into words how consistent it’s been, but very blessed, very fortunate.”