Bernhard Langer captured his 30th PGA Tour Champions title after treacherous high winds caused the Mitsubishi Electric Championship to be called during the final round. The prestigious event’s field consists of the senior major champions of the last five years and other tournament winners of the last two years and is contested at the Hualalai Resort Golf Club.
Langer held a one shot lead over Fred Couples going into the final round after Couples bogeyed the 18th hole of the second round. The conditions that included sustained winds of 15-25 mph and gusts of 45 mph robbed golf fans of the opportunity to watch what shaped up to be a final round duel between two of the game’s all-time greats.
“I think it was the right decision,” Langer told Golf Channel. “I practiced putting before my round and it was extremely difficult. I had a couple of balls move on the putting green right away. I was actually surprised that we didn’t call it sooner … it’s just not fair to play in these conditions.”
Langer’s win came on his 33rd wedding anniversary and moves him ahead of Lee Trevino to second on the PGA Tour Champions victory list behind Hale Irwin, who has 45 career PGA Tour Champions victories. He is tied with Irwin for second all-time on the PGA Tour Champions majors with seven wins — Jack Nicklaus has eight wins.
Of note, David Toms made his PGA Tour Champions debut (15 days after turning 50) and finished in a tie for fourth.
The PGA Tour Champions returns to action Feb. 10-12 at the Allianz Championship at The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, FL. Esteban Toledo is the defending champion and Jose Maria Olazabel is expected to make his PGA Tour Champions debut in the opening tournament of the Florida Swing.