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3M CHAMPIONSHIP


WELCOME BACK, BERNHARD. After going 24 starts without a victory— his longest stretch on the Champions Tour—Bernhard Langer won his 15th title since turning 50 by shooting a final-round, 10-under-par 62, to beat David Peoples by two strokes. It was his second victory in four years at the 3M Championship.


“Winning is always special, but this is


pretty important because it’s been a while since I’ve won, and especially after what I’ve been through the last few weeks being in contention and not being able to close the deal,” said the 54-year-old Langer. “It was very important for my confidence to pull off a win here sooner than later.”


LANGER RECOVERS FROM


DISAPPOINTING FINISHES Langer led by a stroke entering the final round in the previous week’s Senior British Open, but dropped five shots in five holes on the back nine to shoot a 75 and tie for sixth. Earlier he gave back a four-stroke lead at the U.S. Senior Open and finished second. For Peoples, second place was his best finish in 51 Champions Tour starts. “I should have looked at the leader boards and I should have paid attention to what was going on,” he said. “I got in my own little world and fell in love with where I was. I kind


of felt like, `Just don’t make any mistakes and you’ll be all right.’ I had no idea.” “I just didn’t feel like I was aggressive enough on that back nine. I hit a lot of wedge shots—you’re supposed to hit those in there closer—and I didn’t hit the ball in there really close,” Peoples said.


Langer could sympathize. ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


EVENTS POINTS Tom Lehman


Bernhard Langer Roger Chapman Fred Couples Michael Allen John Cook Fred Funk Joe Daley


Mark Calcavecchia Corey Pavin


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Bernhard Langer won the 3M Championship for the second time in four years (2009) and joined Hale Irwin (1997, 1999, and 2002) as the only other multiple winner of this Minnesota stop on the Champions Tour. In his 17th consecutive appearance at the 3M Championship, Hale Irwin, a three-time winner of the event, bettered his age for the first time in his career. After matching his age on five other occasions, the 67-year-old Irwin carded a 7-under-par 65. Irwin’s round included an eagle at the par-4 ninth hole, a first in tournament history at the TPC Twin Cities, and a run of six straight birdies (Nos. 11-16), matching the Champions Tour’s best birdie streak in 2012.


Langer won the 2012 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities.


TPC Twin Cities (Par 72/7,114 yards) Blaine, Minnesota


Course Insight TPC TWIN CITIES


The TPC Twin Cities is a team effort between former British Open champion and Minnesota native Tom Lehman and Arnold Palmer’s design team. They built the course on a beautiful piece of farmland.


Like so many Palmer designs, it WINS TOP 10 8


12 2 6 9 6 6 2 8 6


Tournament Record 191, David Frost, 2010


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, David Frost, 2010


GOLF CHANNEL


Ticket Information www.3mchampionship.com


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presents players with a wealth of dramatic risk-reward challenges, making it an exciting venue for tournament golf. The design favors well-considered and executed shot-making over brute force—although power also has its own rewards. The course has 27 water hazards, as well as extensive bunkering, so any flawed thinking or execution is punished.


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