Bernhard Langer sank a five-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat Jeff Sluman and win the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. It was Langer’s third win in a Champions Tour major championship and his third victory in 2014. His win earned him a berth in next May’s THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
Jack Nicklaus has won four of the five senior majors, but with his win at Fox Chapel, Bernhard Langer joins the following players who have all won three different majors (Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Gary Player, Miller Barber, Tom Watson and Allen Doyle, Loren Roberts and Hale Irwin).
Bernhard Langer’s victory at Fox Chapel marks the first time there has been a year when winners of THE PLAYERS and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS have come from the same country other than the United States. Langer joins fellow German Martin Kaymer with that distinction.
Jeff Sluman’s runner-up finish marked the third event in succession that he’s been in the top-10. He teamed with Fred Funk three weeks ago to win the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf and was T6 at the Encompass Championship.
Jay Haas’s string of top-5 finishes ended at seven when he finished T6 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
Bob Gilder matched his age for the first time in his career when he shot a final-round 7-under-par 63 at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS. He became the third player on the Champions Tour this year to match or better their age, joining Hale Irwin and Tom Watson.
Congratulations to Eric Williamson, Director of Golf at Shoal Creek, host venue of the Regions Tradition, and to Aaron Krueger, Head Golf Professional at Wakonda Club which hosts The Principal Charity Classic. Both players earned starts in the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla via strong performances at last week’s PGA Professional National Championship.
The next Champions Tour event is the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma on July 7-13. Kenny Perry is the defending champion.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP
By winning the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship, Bernhard Langer opened an 883-point margin over Jay Haas in the Charles Schwab Cup race. Langer now has 2,362 points, while Haas has 1,479. Colin Montgomerie is third with 1,283 points followed by Kenny Perry (1,231) and Jeff Sluman (1,066). Double points will be awarded in the two upcoming events, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior British Open.
3 – Three players have posted top-10 finishes in each of the first three majors this year.
Player Regions Tradition Senior PGA Constellation Sr. PLAYERS
Jay Haas T3 T3 T6
Joe Durant T9 T5 T6
Bernhard Langer T9 T3 Won
ON THIS DATE
7/1/90 – Lee Trevino wins his first major crown on the Champions Tour, claiming the U.S. Senior Open at Ridgewood CC over Jack Nicklaus in New Jersey.
7/3/59 – At age 23, Gary Player claims the first of nine major titles on the PGA TOUR when he wins the British Open by two strokes at Muirfield.
7/6/80 – Scott Simpson wins his first PGA TOUR title, cruising to a five-stroke win over Andy Bean at the Western Open at Butler National near Chicago.
DID YOU KNOW?
There was a 1-2-3-4-5 finish at last week’s Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. It marked the first time that happened since the 2013 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn.
QUOTES TO NOTE
“After I played three holes Tuesday, I was in love with this place.” – Joe Durant speaks about Fox Chapel which hosted last week’s Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
“I thought I was too young to be able to do that.” – Bob Gilder comments after shooting his age (63) in the final round of the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS.
Source: PGA Tour