Bernhard Langer Wins The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
Bernhard Langer, the Charles Schwab point leader, began the day in 5th place. He ends the day with his 5th win of the year. He did it with his daughter, Christine on the bag.
Kevin Sutherland shot a 59 on Saturday to take the lead going into the final round. His 59 was the first one on the Champions Tour.
He could have been the first to shoot a 58 on any PGA sanctioned event but he bogeyed 18 when he missed from 6 feet out. He did get a birdie on 18 on Sunday but shot 2 over for the day.
Langer shot a 6 under for the day and finished at 16 under. It was one better than Woody Austin (my favorite for the weekend) and Mark O’Meara. Langer has won 3 of the last 5 events that he’s participated in.
5 seems to be be his lucky number. It was Langer’s 23rd win on the Champions Tour which ties him for 5th place on the all-time win list with Bob Charles.
One of the cute and endearing moments of the tournament happened near the end. It’s a tradition for the winner to take the 18th flag off the pole and keep it.
After Langer parred the 18th to win, Christine took the flag off the pole. Just one problem….There was still a group left in the fairway waiting to finish up.
So the 3 guys are in the fairway looking at the green and all they can see is the yellow pole. Christine sheepishly runs back onto the green and tries to put the flag back on. The one problem is the faster she tries to put it on, the longer it seems to take. She got it on and got a nice round of applause.
Congrats to Bernhard on the victory. Also a big congrats to all the workers and volunteers that help make this tournament such a huge success. You do a great job all week.
It’s no wonder that we won the President’s Award two years in a row. We are the only tournament to have that distinction. I feel good that we’ll get it for a 3rd year.