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Langer wins Insperity Invitational for fourth time



It took Bernhard Langer nine starts to pick up his first PGA TOUR Champions victory of the year, and it was tougher than he imagined.

He started with a one-shot lead and before he could reach the turn, Langer fell as many as four shots behind. He rallied to take the lead, only to block a tee shot toward the trees on the final hole, catch a small break because a TV structure was in his way, and scramble for par.

It ended with Langer knocking in a par putt just inside 4 feet for a 2-under 70 and a one-shot victory in the Insperity Invitational.

"I was very, very fortunate in the end to pull this off," the 60-year-old Langer said. "I've got a lot more gray hair right now."

Langer won for the 37th time on PGA TOUR Champions – only Hale Irwin with 45 victories has more – and for the fourth time at the Insperity Invitational.

Paul Goydos led for much of the back nine. He dropped two shots over the final five holes, including a bogey on the 18th that gave him a 68. He tied for second with Jeff Maggert and Bart Bryant, who each had a 69.

"I'm always surprised when I play well, especially this week," said Goydos, who had not finished higher than 24th this season. "I had no inclination that I was going to be remotely competitive. But I probably made the most birdies of anybody (for the week) but also, as it turned out, too many bogeys."

Goydos was right. He led the field with 19 birdies.

Langer finished at 11-under 205 and won $330 000 to move to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup standings for the first time all year.

He was 2 over for the final round through eight holes at the The Woodlands Country Club and at one point noticed that Goydos was starting to pull away. Langer made a key birdie at No 9, added one to start the back nine and then made birdie on both par 5s.

"I figured I needed 12 under to have a chance. I was fortunate that 11 under did it," Langer said.

He last won in the penultimate Schwab Cup playoff event last year. Not only did he go the first four months without winning, Langer was out of the top 15 in four out of five starts earlier in the season.

He was getting closer, losing in playoffs each of last two PGA TOUR Champions events.

"I didn't want to do three playoffs in a row here," he said.

Report courtesy of pgatour.com/champions

LEADING FINAL SCORES

205 - Bernhard Langer 63 72 70

206 - Paul Goydos 70 68 68, Jeff Maggert 66 71 69, Bart Bryant 70 67 69

207 - David Frost (RSA) 68 72 67, Brandt Jobe 69 70 68, Tom Lehman 67 72 68, Kenny Perry 73 65 69, Tom Pernice Jr. 68 68 71

208 - David Toms 70 71 67, Kevin Sutherland 70 69 69, Joe Durant 68 70 70, Russ Cochran 68 70 70, Mark Calcavecchia 67 69 72, Scott Dunlap 66 70 72, Miguel Angel Jiménez 67 69 72

209 - Gary Hallberg 70 72 67, Jerry Kelly 69 72 68, Lee Janzen 72 66 71

210 - Duffy Waldorf 70 71 69, Clark Dennis 73 68 69, Marco Dawson 69 70 71, Corey Pavin 70 68 72



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