It was the 59-years old German golfer’s confident putter that helped him surpass his 54-years old fellow Fijian golfer in a tense back-nine duel to win the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship on Sunday. Bernhard Langer leaves behind Vijay Singh to win his record ninth senior major and the only one that had eluded him during his dominant decade-long run on the PGA Tour Champions. He’s also now the first player to win the career “super slam” of all five senior majors.
Langer pulled ahead of Singh with a 12-foot birdie on the par-4 16th. Singh three-putted 17 to give Langer a two-shot advantage. After Singh birdied 18, Langer calmly tapped in for par and a one-shot victory. Langer shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 18-under 270. Singh closed with a 70.
The final pairing teed off amid steady rain. Vijay was a little apprehensive about the weather, he rushed his pre-shot routine. Langer, relentless as ever, birdied the par-5 third and the par-4 fifth to move one shot ahead of Vijay. Langer made his only bogey of the day on No. 6, and the two remained tied for the next nine holes till the rain narrowed down and the wind picked up from the opposite direction.
Langer had four previous top-five finishes in the championship, his best chance coming in his first attempt. He led after three rounds in difficult conditions at Oak Hill in 2008 but shot a final-round 76 to lose by one stroke to Jay Haas.
The 54-year-old Singh still plays a full PGA TOUR schedule and was playing in his first Senior PGA Championship, which is the oldest of the five senior majors.
Langer has three straight wins in the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and two straight at the Regions Tradition, along with two wins at The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex and one win at the U.S. Senior Open Championship.