BOCA RATON (Fla.) — Golf doesn’t have a homefield advantage. Bernhard Langer might be interested.
On Sunday, the TimberTech Championship was won by the Boca Raton resident. This is his third win in as many attempts.
Langer’s local dominance cannot be stopped by shifting the tournament from Broken Sound into Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, while the Old Course undergoes renovations.
What was the biggest impact? Langer commuted to work every day for 25 minutes, instead of the usual 10.
Langer lifted the trophy in front family and friends to celebrate his 44th career win on the PGA Tour Champions.
It was not even close.
Langer shot a final-round score of 66 to win by six shots over Paul Goydos, Thongchai Jiaidee and Thongchai Jaidee at 17.-under 199. Langer was 1-over at the end of Friday’s 15 holes, but he played his final 39 holes in 20 under. This is better than a birdie on every hole.
Langer smiled and said, “I wish there were 10 tournaments around here.” “It’s unlikely that it will happen.”
Sunday’s victory means that Langer will be able to make history every time he plays on the PGA Tour Champions for the rest his career.
Langer’s next victory will tie Hale Irwin, who once held the untouchable record for 45 career titles on 50-and-older circuits. Langer’s next win will break the record and there will be more.
At 65, you are not supposed to win tournaments. Langer might also appreciate this.
Langer stated, “I’m getting closer to my goal, but I’m also growing older.” “The clock is ticking. There may be another two to three years in which I can win. It’s unclear how long that will last, but I will keep trying.”
Langer set a new record as the oldest champion on major tours. Langer doesn’t consider age a problem. For the sixth time in his professional career, he beat his age by two shots in Saturday’s second round.
Langer’s success is often questioned by people. Langer simply outworks his peers.
Langer was among the few players to have played Royal Palm before this week. However, those were corporate outings and not tournament conditions.
Like most players, he struggled to hit the Royal Palm greens in his first round. He arrived at the course just hours before his second-round time to test a new putter. It eventually allowed him to shoot the 63 while taking only 21 putts.
Bernhard was born 1957.
He continues to defy Father Time. pic.twitter.com/h5Lnu8FHdZ
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour), November 6, 2022
Langer’s remarkable career is impressive. Langer turned professional at 15 years old, and is still winning tournaments after his retirement. The minimum age to join PGA Tour is 50 years, but that’s not the length of a person’s career.
$1.74 Million in a hometown tournament
This tournament should be renamed the Bernhard Langer Invitational. He also has it within the ropes.
Take into account: He has been in the top three in 15 of his TimberTech Championship starts. That’s more than half of his eight starts. He took home Sunday’s $350,000 first prize, which pushed his earnings at the local event to $1.744 million.
This is a great career choice for most people.
He’s not ready to make it his career.
Langer stated, “I have always believed that if you feel good, if you’re healthy, if your work is enjoyable and somewhat successful, then you can continue.” Langer said, “There is no reason to quit. I hope I can tell when it’s time to stop and that I don’t go too far.
He can still play in his local event. He might even win it.
Langer stated, “It’s always great to win anywhere in this world, but it’s even more special to win in your home town in front of family and friends is that much meaningful and special.”
Langer is a good example of this.