CARY, NC (OCTOBER 7, 2012) – Bernhard Langer (68-72-63=203) sank two pivotal birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to hold off Jay Don Blake and capture the 2012 SAS Championship title presented by Bloomberg Businessweek, winning by two strokes at Prestonwood Country Club.
Langer entered Sunday tied for 15th place at 4-under, but shot 9-under-par for the day to clinch his victory. His final round was bogey-free, with the win, Langer earns 315 Charles Schwab Cup points and overtakes Tom Lehman in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. It was his 16th victory on the Champions Tour, and his second this year. He also earns $315,000, bringing his year-to-date total to $1,818,896.
“I had some good opportunities really all day and drove the ball very well,” Langer said. “I hit a lot of great tee shots, hit a lot of fairways, hit my irons reasonably close, too.”
Langer made a par-save on 16 after missing the green, and followed it up with the birdies on the final two holes. He nearly had an eagle on 17 from about 18 feet away but sank a short putt for birdie. On the final hole, he made an eight-foot putt.
Sunday’s tee times were delayed an hour and a half because of inclement weather, but that didn’t stop fans from coming out to Prestonwood to watch the action.
“It's wonderful to have the tournament here and I think it's great for the community,” Langer said. “The local charities, they're… the ones who really benefit from a tournament like this.”
Two behind with two holes to play, Blake birdied on 17 and moved to one behind on Langer, but hit a tree with his second shot to put him outside the cart path. He ended up bogeying the hole to finish 11-under.
“Other than that [shot], I felt like I hit it well all day,” Blake said. “I kept it in play, hit a lot of greens, just didn't putt very well, and I guess the score that Bernhard put up was pretty impressive out there today.”
Rounding out the top six, Mark Wiebe finished third, at 10-under, and Tommy Armour III and Fred Funk finished fourth at 9-under. 2011 SAS Champion Kenny Perry, Andrew Magee, Larry Nelson and Steve Pate tied for sixth at 8-under.