Bernhard Langer re-wrote the record books last night as he became the oldest winner in senior golf history at the age of 64.
Langer defeated Doug Barron with a birdie at the first extra hole to land an incredible 42nd win on the PGA Tour Champions.
One Shandy for the champion, please. @BernhardLanger6 pic.twitter.com/X3Mf3RVmcl— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) October 25, 2021
It marked Langer's first victory of 2021, albeit with the circuit facing a host of cancellations during the season due to Covid.
"I’ve been knocking on the door. I’ve lost a bunch of playoffs. I tried to forget about that and block it out of my mind because I’ve had a lot of close calls," said Langer.
"It’s an awesome feeling. I hadn’t won since Tucson last year, but that’s how much sweeter it is."
Phil Mickelson was defending his title and bidding to win a fourth PGA Tour Champions title in his last five starts, but he had a week to forget and finished 14 shots off the pace.
Steve Flesch held a two-shot lead heading into the final round but had to settle for a solo third two shots back after a 73.
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) October 25, 2021
64 years, 1 month, 27 days. pic.twitter.com/Yn9apN1Jxe
Langer now extends his lead atop the Charles Schwap Cup, the season-long points race that extends to the beginning of 2020 following the pandemic.
With just two more events left on the schedule, Langer is now seeking to win the Charles Schwab Cup for a record sixth time. Nobody else has won it more than twice.
"The Schwab Cup is the next goal as it has been for a year and a half or two years now," said Langer.
"We're a little bit closer, but it's not over yet."
The German now moves just three PGA Tour Champions wins behind record-holder Hale Irwin on 45.
Langer, however, has 11 senior major wins as opposed to Irwin's seven.