Langer shoots 62 to beat Peoples in Minnesota
Blaine, MN (Sports Network) - Bernhard Langer fired a 10-under 62 on Sunday to rally and win the 3M Championship by two shots.
Langer finished his 15th Champions Tour win at 18-under-par 198.
"My goal was to shoot 10-under. I knew I had to go low to win," stated Langer, who stumbled down the stretch at the U.S. Senior and Senior British Opens. "But there were no guarantees 18-under was going to be enough. This one was important especially with all I've been through the last few weeks."
Second-round leader David Peoples closed with a 2-under 70 to take second place at minus-16. Kenny Perry (64) and Olin Browne (66) shared third at 15- under-par 201.
Joel Edwards carded a 67 on Sunday to take fifth at minus-14 at the TPC Twin Cities.
Peoples birdied three of the first five holes, all from inside 12 feet, and looked like he was going to cruise to his first Champions Tour title. However, he ran off 10 consecutive pars from the sixth to let Langer back into the mix.
Langer, who was in the third-to-last group, carded birdies on the second and third, both from inside 6 feet. He poured three straight birdie chances to make the turn at 13-under, but he still trailed by four.
The German narrowed that gap with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 11th and an 8- footer for birdie at the 12th. Langer's second shot to the 14th stopped on the back fringe.
He drained the long birdie effort from there to move within one of Peoples' lead. Langer made it two in a row as his 10-foot birdie try on 15 moved him alongside Peoples at minus-17.
Peoples ended his long string of pars with a bogey on the 16th. Langer followed with a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 18th.
Langer, who also won this title in 2009, walked off the course with a 2-shot lead.
"David hasn't won a lot of tournaments. He played well enough to win, but unfortunately, I had a hot round," Langer said. "I went for a lot of pins. The key was to make the putts and I did that today."
Langer's margin quickly moved to three as Peoples dropped another stroke on the 17th after finding sand with his tee shot at the par-3.
Peoples did manage a birdie at the last to secure second place by himself.
"Probably should have looked up to see what was going on a little earlier," Peoples admitted. "By the time I asked my caddie how we stood at 17, he said we're one back. I promptly hit it in the bunker."
NOTES: Langer earned $262,500 for the victory...He joined Hale Irwin as the only multiple winners of this tournament...Peoples, who was an alternate to start the week, jumped from 90th to 43rd on the money list...After a week off, the Champions Tour heads to New York for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, where John Huston won last year.
08/05 20:54:13 ET