Congrats to 2012 Champion Bernhard Langer

SAS Championship
Final-Round Notes – Sunday, October 7, 2012

Weather: Cloudy and cool with highs in the upper 50s. Winds were from the NNW at 5-15 mph. The start of play was delayed for 1 ½ hours due to thunderstorms passing through the area. The course received 3/10ths of an inch of rain. Lift, clean and place rules were in effect.

Final Results:

1 Bernhard Langer 203/-13
2 Jay Don Blake 205/-11
3 Mark Wiebe 206/-10
T4 Fred Funk 207/-9
  Tommy Armour III 207/-9
T6 Kenny Perry 208/-8
  Andrew Magee 208/-8
  Larry Nelson 208/-8
  Steve Pate 208/-8

1.         Bernhard Langer      203/-13

2.         Jay Don Blake           205/-11

3.         Mark Wiebe               206/-10

T4       Fred Funk                   207/-9

            Tommy Armour III     207/-9

T6       Kenny Perry               208/-8

            Andrew Magee         208/-8

            Larry Nelson             208/-8

            Steve Pate                 208/-8

Some clutch putting on the back nine by Bernhard Langer was the difference as Langer posted his second win of the 2012 season by two strokes over Jay Don Blake. Langer one-putted five of his last six holes, including a 15-foot birdie putt at No 13 and another 15-footer to save par at No. 16. Langer also drained a 7-footer at No. 18 to give him a two-stroke margin over Blake to help seal his win. Langer, who posted a 5-under-par 30 on the front nine, took the lead on the back nine when Fred Funk, the leader at the time, bogeyed No. 11. Moments later, Langer made his birdie at No. 13 to move two in front and held on from there.

The victory was the 16th of Bernhard Langer’s Champions Tour career and he is now tied with Jay Haas for 15th place on the all-time list.

With 315 points in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race added to his resume, Bernhard Langer moved into the lead in the race with 2,208 points, 69 better than Tom Lehman, who had led it for the last eight weeks. Lehman did not play this week. Roger Chapman (1,756), Michael Allen (1,556) and Fred Couples (1,530) round out the top five.

The win earned Langer a check for $315,000 and it also moved him into first place on the 2012 Champions Tour money list with $1,818,896 ahead of Michael Allen ($1,577,878), who had lead that category for 13 of the last 15 weeks.

With his second win this year (he won the 3M Championship in August), Langer has now posted multiple wins in four of the six years he has been on the Champions Tour. With current earnings of $1,818,896, he could also post a fourth season in which he has earned at least $2 million.

Bernhard Langer’s closing-round 9-under-par 63 was the best closing round by a winner of this event. He erased the previous mark of 66 set in 2001 by Bruce Lietzke and later matched by five others.

Bernhard Langer’s two-stroke victory marked the eighth time in the 12-year history of this event that the winner has posted a victory by multiple strokes.

With just two full-field events remaining, players continue to battle for one of the coveted top-30 spots in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Oct. 29-Nov. 4. A year ago, the player in the No. 30 spot had earned $552,390 heading into the season finale. So far, through 21 events, 27 players have surpassed that figure. Below is a rundown on the players in positions 25-35.

 

Position

Name

2012 Earnings

25th

Russ Cochran

$564,297

26th

Mike Goodes

$560,315

27th

Chien Soon Lu

$552,017

28th

Mark Wiebe

$533,567

29th

Larry Mize

$500,848

30th

Mark McNulty

$491,419

31st

Tom Kite

$463,813 (-$27,606)

32nd

Joey Sindelar

$462,433 (-$28,986)

33rd

David Eger

$449,638 (-$41,781)

34th

Steve Pate

$446,643 (-$44,776)

35th

John Huston

$441,892 (-$49,527)

Larry Nelson finished T6, his best showing in a Champions Tour event since he was T3 at the 2010 AT&T Championship in San Antonio.

Tommy Armour III posted his first top-10 finish of the year when he closed with a 6-under-par 66 to finish T4.

Mark Wiebe’s third-place finish allowed him to make a nice jump on the money list, moving from 34th a week ago to 28th thanks to a check for $151,200.   

Andrew Magee stretched his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 215 before he three-putted No. 8 on Sunday which is now the third-longest streak this year on the Champions Tour. Corey Pavin had 260 at one point and Loren Roberts had a run of 210 without a three-putt.   

Andrew Magee was not the only player to see his three-putt streak come to a close. Willie Wood increased his streak to 212 before a three-putt No. 13.

Neal Lancaster finished T25 in his Champions Tour debut.

Mark O’Meara recorded his fifth straight top-10 finish with his T9 finish. O’Meara earned $45,150 for his finish but he was unable to move up on the 2012 money list from his 36th position from the previous week. He’ll have two more full-field events to try to qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, AZ for the top-30 players on the 2012 money list. O’Meara missed over four months with a rib injury. O’Meara has continued to move up the money list from the 89th position he was in just prior to his return at the 3M Championship in August. In his last five starts he has earned $356,935 ($71,387 per start) and has moved up 63 places to his current 36th place on the money list during his run. He is $80,930 away from the 30th position heading to Hickory.

Defending champion Kenny Perry finished T6 in defense of his title.

The field averaged 71.552 for the event, more than a stroke lower than a year ago (72.657). No. 4 was the hardest hole at 4.142, while No. 17 was the easiest at 4.377 (-.623), the third easiest on Tour in 2012.  
 

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