Bernhard Langer won the 16th title of his Champions Tour career when he surged through the field with a closing 63 to win the SAS Championship.
Four shots adrift heading into the final round, Langer was red hot with the putter as he shot a nine under par final round at Prestonwood Country Club to finish at 13 under par 203, two clear of American Jay Don Blake.
It was Langer’s second title of the season following his previous success in the 3M Championship, where he came from six back with a final round of 62, and took him into the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race.
"I knew I had to go deeper and lower to make up some ground," Langer said. "And thank goodness ... it was 9 under because Jay Don came very close to tie me.
"So a lot of good golf, probably only two bad shots and everything else was good or really good."
Blake closed with a 68. He needed a birdie on the par four 18th to force a play-off, but hit a tree with his drive and bogeyed the hole. Mark Wiebe also shot 68 to finish third at ten under.
Langer collected $315,000 and leads the Champions Tour money list with $1,818,896.
"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 the money list, 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."
One the other side of the world, Marc Farry finished tied third in Japan in the PGA Senior Championship at Tojonomori Country Club. A closing 71 over the Tojo course gave the Frenchman a seven under par total of 281, four behind winner Jong-Duck Kim. Fellow Senior Tour Member Boonchu Ruangkit of Thailand finished tied seventh.