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October 11 - 13


SAS CHAMPIONSHIP


BERNHARD LANGER may have earned a new nickname following last year’s SAS Championship: The Closer.


Langer began the final round four strokes out of the lead, but shot a 63 that included birdies on the final two holes to beat Jay Don Blake by two strokes. The victory was Langer’s second of the season and his 16th on the Champions Tour.


“I knew I had to go deeper and lower to make up some ground,” said the two-time Masters champion and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “And thank goodness, because Jay Don came very close to tying me. So I played a lot of good golf, probably only two bad shots, and everything else was good or really good.”


Blake finished with a respectable 68 but a


poor drive on No. 18 that hit a tree prevented him from making the birdie that would have forced a playoff. Still, he wasn’t totally displeased with his play. “Probably the rhythm that I was in wasn’t very good because I was just making pars while Bernhard was making all the birdies,” Blake said. “You just feel like you have to be more aggressive. But sometimes being aggressive doesn’t always work out. Trying to be too aggressive on 18 kind of hurt me.”


LANGER TOOK THE LEAD IN MONEY AND POINTS Langer won the 3M Championship earlier in the season with another strong final-round performance, closing with a 62 to make up a six-stroke deficit. His win at the SAS Championship gave him a 69-point lead over Tom Lehman in the Charles Schwab Cup.


EVENTS POINTS


Roger Chapman Michael Allen Fred Couples John Cook Fred Funk


Mark Calcavecchia Kenny Perry Joe Daley


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19 10 20 19 20 15 12


2,208 2,139 1,756 1,531 1,530 1,167 1,121 1,108 1,004 958


POINTS BEHIND


69


452 677 678


1,041 1,087 1,100 1,204 1,250


Bernhard Langer closed with a 63 at the SAS Championship to win for the second time in 2012.


With his $315,000 winnings, Langer took the lead on the Champions Tour’s money list. “This week was pretty neat to have won


from being four behind and played the round that I played today to take over the Schwab Cup lead, to take over leading in the money list,” Langer said. “Those are big goals of mine that I set at the beginning of the year, and obviously it’s not done, but I’m a little closer to maybe achieving it.” ■


CHECK THIS OUT Course Insight


The victory was the 16th of Bernhard Langer’s Champions Tour career and tied Jay Haas for 15th place on the all-time list.


With his second win in 2012 (he won the 3M Championship in August), Langer has posted multiple wins in four of the six years he has been on the Champions Tour.


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Bernhard Langer Tom Lehman


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PRESTONWOOD COUNTRY CLUB


There are 54 holes at Prestonwood designed by Tom Jackson, a Robert Trent Jones protege. The original course, Meadows, is used mostly for the SAS Championship. Some holes on the Highlands Course are also used. The third course, Fairways, is shorter. The courses are known for their large putting surfaces.


WINS TOP 10


14 10 2


11 6 8 7


10 8 2


Tournament Record 198, Mark Wiebe, 2007


Tournament 18-Hole Record 61, Tom Kite, 2003


GOLF CHANNEL


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PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 185


Prestonwood Country Club


(Par 72/7,240 yards) Cary, North Carolina


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