The guy is ageless.
He’s unstoppable, unflappable and at age 61, he just keeps beating the pants off the over-50 set.
Bernhard Langer got himself yet another Champions Tour win on a Sunday afternoon in Boca Raton, not far from his home. There was no doubt about this one, he sent an early message and by day’s end on the Old Course at Broken Sound, he had himself a five-shot victory at the Oasis Championship.
In case you’re curious, that’s win number 39 for Bernie. Thirty-nine victories on the old guy tour, he’s sniffing distance from the all-time mark of Hale Irwin’s 45 senior wins.
Langer gave a preview of the final round on Saturday afternoon when he was chasing Marco Dawson. He trailed Dawson most of the afternoon until he made eagle at the par five 18th to take a one-shot overnight lead.
Any hopes Dawson had for victory were quickly squashed by Langer.
All Langer did was birdie three of the first four then added another to make it four of the first six. Dawson and the rest of the field got the message in a hurry. The only question would be who might finish second in this one.
The dominant player on the Champions Tour was his typical surgical self. He controlled his tee shots, hit greens and let his short game speak loudly.
By the time he reached the 18th, Langer was 18-under, looking for the tournament record.
He would get that too.
Perfect drive, five-iron to 15 feet then a near eagle. His tap-in birdie made the final tally 19-under, one shot better than the 18-under record previously held by Michael Allen and Duffy Waldorf.
“It’s amazing,” Langer said afterward, enjoying the day with daughter Jackie on the bag. “It was great to have my daughter on the bag. It was a very solid day. I was most happy with my short game and my putter was working.”
Langer told how he put a bible verse on a piece of paper and put it in his bag. “Do not be anxious about anything…” was how it began, said Langer, a devout Christian.
He never looked the least bit anxious. He was bogey-free and had only two for the 54 holes. He had no fives on his scorecard on Sunday. as he basically lapped the field, beating second-place Dawson by five shots.
“There’s many things to celebrate,” Langer added. “It means a great deal to win in front of your home crowd, your family, your friends. Winning at home is always extremely special, no doubt about it.”
Langer also credited the fact he’s been very healthy compared to most. “The key to success is a lot of things. You’ve got to be healthy, otherwise you can’t play, and a lot of guys at age 61 aren’t healthy anymore. They had this operation or that operation or a knee replacement or a hip replacement or whatever it may be. So I’ve been fortunate enough not to have any major surgeries so far besides my thumb in 2011, so that’s key.”
Along with healthy, he’s also become wealthy. The $255,000 first place money means he’s earned more money than anyone in the history of the Champions Tour.
He’s been that and then some.