Bernhard Langer breaks Champions’ age record in Richmond


Bernhard Langer watches his tee shot on the 17th hole on the final day of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic golf tournament at the Country Club of Virginia on Sunday, October 24, 2021 in Richmond, Va. (Daniel Sangjib Min / Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)


Bernhard Langer became the oldest winner in PGA Tour Sunday championship history at 64, defeating Doug Barron with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a Dominion Energy Charity Classic playoff.

The German star raised both arms in the air after winning the 50+ tour for the 42nd time and the first time since March 2000.

“It comes down to the putt,” Langer said. “That’s how tight it is in here.”

At 64, 1 month, 27 days, Langer broke the age record of 63, 5 months, 4 days set by Scott Hoch when he teamed up with Tom Pernice Jr. to win the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf 2019.

Langer finished with a 69-under-3, also birding the 18th par-5 in settlement to tie Barron at 202 under-14 on the James River course at the Virginia Country Club.

Barron also finished birdie in a 68. He missed a 6-foot playoff birdie try before Langer won the game to end a five-game playoff losing streak.

“It’s just an anomaly. He’s incredibly, incredibly talented and he’s one of my heroes and good friends, ”Barron said of Langer. “I am very lucky to call him a dear friend. If I have to get beaten, I don’t mind being beaten by him.

Langer, also the 2017 winner at Richmond, extended his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup season standings in Game 1 of the playoffs.

Second-round leader Steve Flesch was third at 12 under after 73. Ernie Els (63), Ken Duke (68), Tim Petrovic (71) and Steven Alker (72) had 11 under.

Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a 71 to tie for 47th. He has three wins in five senior starts, winning the Constellation Furyk and Friends two weeks ago in Florida.

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