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24.01.2017 - Erfolgreiches Saisondebüt auf der amerikanischen Seniorentour. Bernhard Langer gewinnt Tournament of Champions auf Hawaii

Mit seinem 30. Titelgewinn auf der PGA Tour of Champions startet Bernhard Langer in das neue Jahr. Der Deutsche siegte bei der Mitsubishi Electric Championship im Hualalai GC auf Hawaii, dem traditionellen Saisonauftakt der Turnierserie in Übersee. Teilnahmeberechtigte dieses Events mit exklusiven Qualifikationskriterien sind Major Champions der letzten fünf und Turniersieger der letzten zwei Jahre.

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Sieg Nummer 30 auf der PGA Tour Champions - Bernhard Langer hat gut lachen. © Chris Condon / PGA Tour /langergolf

Die Veranstaltung war beim Finale am Samstag wegen extremer Windbedingungen abgebrochen und Bernhard Langer als Führender nach den ersten zwei Wettkampfrunden zum Sieger erklärt worden. Der Ausnahmesportler aus dem bayerisch-schwäbischen Anhausen spielte an den ersten beiden Tagen beinahe fehlerfrei, schaffte Rundenergebnisse von 64 und 65 Schlägen und blieb nach 36 Löchern 15 Zähler unter Platzstandard. Einen Schlag hinter Langer platzierte sich Fred Couples aus den USA, dessen Landsmann Kirk Triplett wurde Dritter. Mit der Gesamtzahl von 30 Turniersiegen auf der PGA Tour Champions ist Bernhard Langer am Wochenende an der Golfikone Lee Trevino vorbeigezogen und liegt nun an zweiter Stelle der „Ewigen-Rangliste“ hinter Hale Irwin. Der 59-Jährige schaffte mit dem jüngsten Triumph auf Hawaii zudem in jedem Jahr auf der Seniorentour mindestens einen Titelerfolg – zum elften Mal in Folge. Im Rahmen des Auftaktturniers wurde Bernhard Langer zuvor für die zurückliegende Saison geehrt, in der er die Seniorentour in den USA einmal mehr dominierte. Er erhielt bei einem festlichen Gala-Dinner am Donnerstagabend den Jack Nicklaus Award für den Spieler des Jahres 2016 und wurde zudem mit dem Arnold Palmer Award für den Preisgeldranglistengewinner sowie dem Byron Nelson Award für den besten durchschnittlichen Rundenscore aller Konkurrenten ausgezeichnet. Weitere Informationen wie News, Ergebnisse, vorläufiger Spielplan für 2017 u.v.m. erhalten Sie auf der offiziellen Internet-Seite von Bernhard Langer unter www.bernhardlanger.de


LANGER WINS SHORTENED MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CHAMPIONSHIP AT HUALALAI
Bernhard Langer
claimed his 30th career victory on PGA TOUR Champions after high winds forced the cancellation of the final round at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Langer closed Friday’s second round with birdies on four of his last five holes, and his 36-hole total of 15-under-par (64-65) held up as the winning score over Fred Couples (-14) and Kirk Triplett (-13). 
The victory came on his 33rd wedding anniversary with his wife, Vikki, who was in attendance along with two of Langer’s children. With the win, Langer moves into second place alone on the Tour’s all-time wins list, trailing only Hale Irwin (45). He has now won at least one event in 11 consecutive years on PGA TOUR Champions, matching Irwin’s mark from 1995 to 2005. The event was shortened to 36 holes due to heavy sustained winds of 40-plus miles per hour on Saturday, and Sunday's forecast called for similar conditions. Prior to this weekend, the last tournament shortened to 36 holes was the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in April 2015, and the last round cancelled due to wind was the first round of the 2010 Chubb Classic.

INSIDE LANGER’S 30 WINS. Seven of Langer’s 30 victories have come in major championships, which is tied with Hale Irwin for second most in Tour history (Jack Nicklaus leads with eight). Langer and Nicklaus are the only players to win four different PGA TOUR Champions majors, and Langer will look to be the first to win the career grand slam at this year’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.Of his 30 wins, Langer has won by one stroke 10 times and by playoff five times. By contrast, he has won by six strokes or more six times, including a 13-stroke win at the 2014 Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex.Langer’s career includes wins at 14 of the 26 tournaments on this year's PGA TOUR Champions schedule. He has played in 10 of the 12 other tournaments (the JAPAN AIRLINES Championship is new in 2017 and he did not play in the inaugural PowerShares QQQ Championship in 2016), and he has a second- or third-place finish in seven of those 10 tournaments. The three outliers on Langer's resume are the Principal Charity Classic (Appearances: 4, Best: T10, 2012), American Family Insurance Championship (Appearances: 1, Best: T13, 2016), and the Dominion Charity Classic (Appearances: 1, Best: T6, 2016)

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15.96% – Bernhard Langer’s winning percentage since joining PGA TOUR Champions in 2007 (30 wins in 188 starts). By comparison, Hale Irwin’s 45 wins spanned 1995-2007, and his winning percentage in that time was 15.36% (45 wins in 293 starts).

17 – Langer has led the Charles Schwab Cup standings after the last 17 tournaments on PGA TOUR Champions. He has led ever since he won the Regions Tradition on May 22, 2016.

18 – Number of times Hale Irwin has bettered his age on PGA TOUR Champions. Last weekend in Hualalai, the 71-year-old accomplished the feat twice, shooting 69 on Thursday and 70 on Friday

"It's very special because it's maybe my favorite tournament out here. To start the year off in this fashion, just winning the Schwab Cup last year and now my caddie's wearing the Schwab Cup jersey again, it can't be much better. And then to have won on the day when we celebrate our 33rd anniversary, I have my kids and my wife (Vikki) with me, that doesn't happen very often. It's quite emotional for me." – Bernhard Langer, after winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai