Bernhard Langer runs away with Oasis Championship title in final round

David Furones, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Golf

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- With his daughter as his caddie, a favorite bible verse in his pocket and playing on his home course, there was no stopping Bernhard Langer on Sunday.

Langer ran away with the Oasis Championship title at The Old Course at Broken Sound, which is a brief 10-minute drive from his Boca Raton residence, with a 7-under final round that had him finish with a tournament-record 19-under 197 overall, five shots ahead of the field.

"It means a great deal to win in front of your home crowd, your family, your friends," said Langer. "Winning at home is always extremely special."

Langer, the German who also won in 2010, is the first two-time champion of the Oasis, the PGA Tour Champions event which last year went by Boca Raton Championship and was previously known as Allianz Championship since its inception in 2007. With the $255,000 in top prize money, Langer passes Hale Irwin for No. 1 on the tour's all-time money list, now earning a career total of $27,196,504. Langer's 39th Champions title puts him six behind Irwin's record, 45.

Langer's front nine augmented the lead he entered Sunday with after capping his second round with an eagle on the 18th hole Saturday to leap Marco Dawson on the leaderboard. Dawson would finish second at 14-under, and Bob Estes was third at 13-under. The five-shot margin of victory shattered the tournament's previous high of two.

Entering Sunday with a one-stroke advantage, Langer birdied five of his first seven holes in the final round to first increase his lead to five strokes. He would hold on from there.

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"It was an amazing start," Langer said. "One of my best starts every, honestly. In these conditions, as windy as it was today, it was really, really good. I was really pleased with how my short game held up."

With only one bogey throughout his three rounds, he did it all weekend with his daughter, Jackie, by his side as his caddie.

"It's always fun to be on the bag. Wish I could do it more often," said Jackie Langer, who won for the first time as Bernhard's caddie. "I try to keep things light, light-hearted, tell some jokes, but more so just keeping him loose and not too anxious."

Said Bernhard: "She certainly provided the three basic rules of a caddie: Show up, keep up, shut up. She was perfect at those three -- the shut up didn't quite work as well, so I should say she was good at two. She likes to talk, but she just relaxes me."


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