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Langer makes history at Senior PGA Championship

Bernhard Langer of Germany completed the PGA Tour Champions grand slam with his victory at the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at Trump National.—Times-Mirror/Art Pittman
Bernhard Langer holed a clutch 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole to edge 54-hole leader Vijay Singh by one shot to win the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls.

Langer (-18) collected his PGA Tour Champions record ninth major championship and completed the grand slam of having won each of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major championships.

Langer won the Regions Tradition tournament by five shots the week prior to tie Jack Nicklaus with eight career PGA Tour Champions major championship victories.

"It means a great deal to win two Majors at age 59. I'm not sure many people have done that. And to surpass Jack's record of eight Majors out here is pretty neat," Langer told reporters following Sunday's final round.

"I'm a good friend of Jack's and I think very highly of him and whenever you can do something just similar or close to what he's achieved, you've done something pretty special," Langer continued. "I'm excited where my game is at this point and looking forward to hopefully a couple of more good years on the PGA Tour Champions."

Singh (-17) posted the best 72-hole score to par by a non-winner in Senior PGA Championship history.

"I think I struck the ball pretty good. From tee to green I was solid," Singh noted. "But I missed a lot of putts out there. If I would have putted nicely, this thing probably would have been over a long time ago."

"Bernhard played really solid, he never missed a shot and he was always on the green and he putted nicely as well, so he deserved to win," Singh continued. "The way I played, he should win."

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Andrade tied for third place at 13-under par, while Scott McCarron and Bob Estes tied for fifth at 12-under par.

Jim Estes, of Germantown, Md., secured Low Club Professional honors with his 72-hole total of 2-over par 290. Estes led a group of five senior PGA Club Professionals that made the cut in the 156-player field.

Brendan McGrath, the PGA Director of Instruction at nearby Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston, did not make the cut. McGrath shot 2-over par Thursday and 6-over par Friday on the major championship course.

-Round 4 photos by Art Pittman


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