Final round 65 gives Langer six-stroke victory over Scott Parel
CARY, N.C. (October 14, 2018) – Hall of Famer member Bernhard Langer made only one bogey over 54 holes at Prestonwood Country Club. He also made 23 birdies. It added up to a three-round total of 194, and the Championship scoring record.
“It wasn't stress free (to start),” Langer said following the victory. “It was stress free the last two or three holes maybe, but up to that point I didn't exactly know where I was, I didn't even look. I felt somebody could be within 2 or 3 or 4 of me and I felt I had to continue making birdies.”
Langer, who also won the SAS Championship in 2012, joins Bruce Lietzke (2001; 2002) and Russ Cochran (2010; 2013) as two-time winners. He now takes the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup heading into the Playoffs next week.
“It's always fun to go back to where you've won before because you feel like you know how to play the course,” Langer said.
Scott Parel moved into a second place following a Sunday 65 (-7), which included a double-bogey on the 18th hole. The round matched Langer for best of the day.
“I had a really good week — Bernhard is just in his own world this week,” Parel said following his round.
Gene Sauers took a one-stroke lead on Langer after a birdie on the second hole, before posting a final round 75 (+3) to finish T5.
2015 Champion Tom Lehman, who joined Sauers and Langer in the final group, double-bogeyed the first hole and finished with a final round 71 (-1). His three-day total of 203 was good for fourth place.
Dan Forsman started the week No. 74 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. This week, he finished T56 and earned $3,780, which moved him to No. 72 ($133,614) and into the Playoffs. Forsman finished $932 ahead of 73rd-ranked John Huston.
Defending Champion Colin Montgomerie, shot a final round 71 (-1) to finish T21 at Prestonwood.
Doug Garwood, winner of the 2016 SAS Championship, posted his third straight bogey-free round (71), and he finished T9 at 9-under.