If Phil Mickelson is the Tom Brady of golf, then Bernhard Langer must be George Blanda.
Langer beat Doug Barron on the first hole of a sudden death playoff Sunday to win the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va., And became the oldest winner in senior golf history at the age of 64 years and change.
About 15 minutes after his two-putt birdie on the 18th hole, a par-5, forced a playoff game with Barron at 14 under 202, Langer sank a five-foot birdie putt on the same hole at the Country Club. of Virginia to win for the 42nd time on the PGA Tour Champions, three times less than Hale Irwin’s all-time record for wins. Barron came out six feet for a birdie to open the door for Langer, 12 years his senior, to win for the first time in 20 months.
âI knocked on the door. I lost a bunch of playoffs. I tried to forget that and block it from my mind because I had a lot of close calls, âsaid Langer, who incidentally beat defending champion Mickelson by 14 strokes. âIt’s a great feeling. I haven’t won since Tucson last year, but that’s how much nicer it is.
Langer, who was four times second since his last win, extended his streak of consecutive calendar years to 15 with at least one victory. The German native shot a final three under 69, while Barron, 52, in search of his third senior title, got a 68 that included birdies on two of his last four holes.
âI don’t aspire to play when I’m the same age as him. It’s just an anomaly,â Barron said of Blandaâ¦ uh, Langer. âHe’s incredibly, incredibly talented, and he’s one of my heroes and good friends. If I’m going to get beaten up, I don’t mind being beaten by him. He’s one of those guys. against whom you can never shoot. “
Langer extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup, the one-season points race that runs until early 2020 after the COVD-19 pandemic caused a number of tournaments to be canceled. He has won the Schwab Cup five times; no one else has won it more than twice.
âThe Schwab Cup is the next goal, as it has been for a year and a half or two now,â said Langer. “We’re a little closer, but it’s not over yet.”
Steve Flesch, who started the day with a two-stroke lead over Langer and Steven Alker, was third in solo after a 73. Mickelson played his last six holes in six over par, including a quadruple bogey 9 to his last hole, but still shot 71. He finished T-47.