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Insperity Invitational 2018

DATES: May 04-06
SITE: The Woodlands Country Club, Texas
PRIZE MONEY: $2,200,000

Round 3 - Bernhard Langer captures first title of the year

May 06, 2018

It took Bernhard Langer nine starts to pick up his first PGA Tour Champions victory of the year, and it was tougher than he imagined.

He started with a one shot lead and before he could reach the turn, Langer fell as many as four shots behind. He rallied to take the lead, only to block a tee shot toward the trees on the final hole, catch a small break because a TV structure was in his way, and scramble for par.

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It ended with Langer knocking in a par putt just inside 4 feet for a 2-under 70 and a one-shot victory in the Insperity Invitational.

''I was very, very fortunate in the end to pull this off,'' the 60-year-old Langer said. ''I've got a lot more gray hair right now.''

Langer won for the 37th time on the PGA Tour Champions - only Hale Irwin with 45 victories has more - and for the fourth time at the Insperity Invitational.

Paul Goydos led for much of the back nine until he started fighting his swing. He dropped two shots over the final five holes, including a bogey on the 18th that gave him a 68. He tied for second with Jeff Maggert and Bart Bryant, who each had a 69.

''I'm always surprised when I play well, especially this week,'' said Gyodos, who had not finished higher than 24th this season. ''I had no inclination that I ws going to be remotely competitive. But I probably made the most birdies of anybody (for the week) but also, as it turned out, too many bogeys.''

Langer finished at 11-under 205 and won $330,000 to move to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup for the first time all year.

He was 2 over for the final round through eight holes at the The Woodlands Country Club and at one point noticed that Goydos was starting to pull away. Langer made a key birdie at No. 9, added one to start the back nine and then made birdie on both par 5s.

''I figured I needed 12 under to have a chance. I was fortunate that 11 under did it,'' Langer said.

He last won in the penultimate Schwab Cup playoff event last year. Not only did he go the first four months without winning, Langer was out of the top 15 in four out of five starts earlier in the season.

He was getting closer, losing in playoffs each of last two PGA Tour Champions events.

''I didn't want to do three playoffs in a row here,'' he said

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Bernhard Langer
-11
63
72
70
205
T2
Paul Goydos
-10
70
68
68
206
T2
Jeff Maggert
-10
66
71
69
206
T2
Bart Bryant
-10
70
67
69
206

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Round 2 - Bernhard Langer holds on to Insperity lead

May 05, 2018

Bernhard Langer plodded his way to an even-par 72 on Saturday, good enough to maintain the lead at the Insperity Invitational as the leaderboard bunched up behind him.

Langer was at 9-under 135 and had a one-shot lead over three players after he followed up his course-record-tying opening-round 63 by making just two birdies and two bogeys at The Woodlands Country Club. The second bogey was especially painful, following his birdie on the par-5 15th with a missed 2-footer on the par-3 16th.

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''It was a tough day, Langer said. ''The wind was up and the pins were difficult at times. I played really good for the most part, but I just did make as many birdies, and I missed that really short one there ... three-putted from 12 feet or so. That one hurt. I didn't take advantage of the par 5s, either. I just didn't get much going.''

The 60-year-old German, a three-time winner of the Houston-area event, is seeking his first victory of 2018 after seven wins last year. A victory would be his fourth after turning 60, the most in PGA Tour Champions history.

Tom Pernice Jr. (68), Miguel Angel Jimenez (69), Mark Calcavecchia (69) and Scott Dunlap (70) were one stroke behind. Jimenez turned in 32 to join Langer at 9 under, but made two bogeys and just one birdie on the back nine.

Bart Bryant (67) and local favorite Jeff Maggert (71), who lives in this sprawling suburb north of Houston, trailed by two.

''It was a struggle,'' Maggert said. ''I felt my ball-striking was actually better today than yesterday. ... Today I was hitting some pretty good shots but just wasn't making the putts. Today was two-putt after two-putt after two-putt. Putting is everything in this game.''

Kenny Perry birdied four of the final five holes for a 65, the low round of the day, and was one of eight players sitting three shots back. This is the second start of 2018 for the 57-year-old Perry, who's recovering from shoulder surgery.

''I'm just trying to work on my game to get ready for the majors,'' said Perry, who has won four of them as a senior. ''I really can't expect much (because of the shoulder), so it was a good day. They threw me in the lion's den with Langer and (Jerry) Kelly. They've been playing great all year. I was a little out of my element.''

NOTES: In a 3M Greats of Golf scramble, Annika Sorenstam teamed with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to shoot 10 under. It was the Swedish Hall of Famer's first time playing in the exhibition. The team of Fuzzy Zoeller, Charles Coody and Bill Rogers tied with Dave Stockton, Larry Nelson and Hale Irwin at 12 under. Tom Weiskopf, David Graham and Tony Jacklin were 10 under.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Bernhard Langer
-9
63
72
135
T2
Tom Pernice Jr.
-8
68
68
136
T2
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-8
67
69
136
T2
Mark Calcavecchia
-8
67
69
136
T2
Scott Dunlap
-8
66
70
136
T6
Bart Bryant
-7
70
67
137
T6
Jeff Maggert
-7
66
71
137
T8
Kenny Perry
-6
73
65
138
T8
Lee Janzen
-6
72
66
138
T8
Paul Goydos
-6
70
68
138
T8
Olin Browne
-6
70
68
138
T8
Corey Pavin
-6
70
68
138
T8
Mike Goodes
-6
68
70
138
T8
Joe Durant
-6
68
70
138
T8
Russ Cochran
-6
68
70
138

Round 1 - Bernhard Langer shoots course record 63 in Texas

May 04, 2018

Bernhard Langer felt like his game was rounding into form after a slow start to the year by his lofty standards, and it all came together on a calm, humid day at The Woodlands Country Club.

The 60-year-old Langer shot a course-record, 9-under 63 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead at the Insperity Invitational.

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Seeking his first victory of the year after seven wins in 2017, Langer began unceremoniously when his opening tee shot ricocheted backward off a tree. He still managed a birdie on the par-5 first hole and turned in 32. On the back nine, he birdied five of the first seven holes - narrowly missing eagle attempts on two par-5s - to get to 9 under and distance himself from the field.

''Starting on nine, I was pretty much putting for birdie on every hole,'' Langer said. ''I made some and missed some but continued to play well and give myself chances. The last 10 holes were really good. I don't think I hit one loose shot.

''I've actually been playing nicely the last few weeks. I played well in the Masters and was in two playoffs out here (on the PGA Tour Champions) and lost them both. I felt like my game was in fairly good shape. I was very happy with how I struck the ball the last two or three hours.''

The German star won the Houston-area event in 2007 for the first of his 36 victories on the 50-and-over tour. He repeated as champion in 2008, its first year at The Woodlands, and won again in 2014.

The 63 was Langer's best round on the PGA Tour Champions since a 10-under 62 at the Chubb Classic in 2016, which he went on to win.

Jeff Maggert, who lives only minutes from the course and has played it for decades, was tied for second with Scott Dunlap after each shot 6-under 66. Like Langer, both were bogey-free, and Maggert wasn't surprised with the scoring given the weather and the receptive greens.

''I expected today's leader to shoot 7, 8 or 9 under,'' Maggert said.

Maggert had three successive top-10 finishes at The Woodlands from 2014 to 2016 but has never won his hometown event.

''I've had a lot of good rounds here over the years,'' Maggert said. ''But I've had some bad ones, too.''

Mark Calcavecchia, Doug Garwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Sandy Lyle and Scott McCarron were another stroke back after posting 67s. Defending champion John Daly opened with a 72.

Colin Montgomerie started with four straight birdies, but his momentum stalled with a double bogey on the par-3 14th. He recovered to birdie the next hole and was one of nine players at 68.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Bernhard Langer
-9
63
T2
Scott Dunlap
-6
66
T2
Jeff Maggert
-6
66
T4
Doug Garwood
-5
67
T4
Scott McCarron
-5
67
T4
Mark Calcavecchia
-5
67
T4
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
67
T4
Tom Lehman
-5
67
T4
Sandy Lyle
-5
67
T10
Russ Cochran
-4
68
T10
Scott Parel
-4
68
T10
Michael Bradley
-4
68
T10
Mike Goodes
-4
68
T10
Joe Durant
-4
68
T10
David Frost
-4
68
T10
Jay Haas
-4
68
T10
Tom Pernice Jr.
-4
68
T10
Colin Montgomerie
-4
68

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Bernhard Langer
-11
63
72
70
205
T2
Paul Goydos
-10
70
68
68
206
T2
Jeff Maggert
-10
66
71
69
206
T2
Bart Bryant
-10
70
67
69
206
T5
David Frost
-9
68
72
67
207
T5
Brandt Jobe
-9
69
70
68
207
T5
Tom Lehman
-9
67
72
68
207
T5
Kenny Perry
-9
73
65
69
207
T5
Tom Pernice Jr.
-9
68
68
71
207
T10
David Toms
-8
70
71
67
208
T10
Kevin Sutherland
-8
70
69
69
208
T10
Joe Durant
-8
68
70
70
208
T10
Russ Cochran
-8
68
70
70
208
T10
Mark Calcavecchia
-8
67
69
72
208
T10
Scott Dunlap
-8
66
70
72
208
T10
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-8
67
69
72
208
T17
Gary Hallberg
-7
70
72
67
209
T17
Jerry Kelly
-7
69
72
68
209
T17
Lee Janzen
-7
72
66
71
209
T20
Duffy Waldorf
-6
70
71
69
210
T20
Clark Dennis
-6
73
68
69
210
T20
Marco Dawson
-6
69
70
71
210
T20
Corey Pavin
-6
70
68
72
210
T24
Doug Garwood
-5
67
75
69
211
T24
Kirk Triplett
-5
69
73
69
211
T24
Jerry Smith
-5
72
70
69
211
T24
Glen Day
-5
70
71
70
211
T24
John Huston
-5
72
69
70
211
T24
Billy Mayfair
-5
72
69
70
211
T24
Steve Pate
-5
69
71
71
211
T24
Colin Montgomerie
-5
68
72
71
211
T24
Sandy Lyle
-5
67
72
72
211
T33
Scott McCarron
-4
67
76
69
212
T33
Tommy Armour III
-4
70
71
71
212
T33
Paul Broadhurst
-4
70
71
71
212
T36
Dan Forsman
-3
70
72
71
213
T36
Woody Austin
-3
69
72
72
213
T36
Wes Short, Jr.
-3
72
68
73
213
T36
Olin Browne
-3
70
68
75
213
T40
Mark O'Meara
-2
70
73
71
214
T40
Scott Parel
-2
68
74
72
214
T40
Carlos Franco
-2
70
72
72
214
T40
Esteban Toledo
-2
72
70
72
214
T40
Tom Byrum
-2
71
70
73
214
T45
Jay Don Blake
-1
70
74
71
215
T45
Rocco Mediate
-1
70
74
71
215
T45
Michael Bradley
-1
68
73
74
215
T45
Jesper Parnevik
-1
69
72
74
215
T45
Todd Hamilton
-1
70
69
76
215
T50
Mark Brooks
E
72
77
67
216
T50
Gene Sauers
E
70
78
68
216
T50
Mike Goodes
E
68
70
78
216
T53
Paul McGinley
1
73
74
70
217
T53
Barry Lane
1
73
72
72
217
T55
Len Mattiace
2
71
77
70
218
T55
Fran Quinn
2
73
75
70
218
T55
Scott Verplank
2
69
74
75
218
T58
Bob Gilder
3
73
75
71
219
T58
Jeff Sluman
3
74
72
73
219
T58
Stephen Ames
3
75
74
70
219
T58
Tom Kite
3
71
73
75
219
T58
Willie Wood
3
70
71
78
219
T63
Brad Burns
4
71
78
71
220
T63
Billy Andrade
4
73
75
72
220
T63
Jay Haas
4
68
74
78
220
T66
Blaine McCallister
6
71
77
74
222
T66
Ian Woosnam
6
71
77
74
222
T66
Michael Allen
6
70
71
81
222
T69
Joey Sindelar
8
74
78
72
224
T69
Brian Henninger
8
76
78
70
224
T71
Tom Purtzer
9
75
74
76
225
T71
David McKenzie
9
75
73
77
225
73
John Harris
15
73
83
75
231
74
Jim Thorpe
25
79
80
82
241
WD
Fred Funk
--
71
74
--
145
WD
John Daly
--
72
77
8
157
WD
M Murugiah
--
80
80
--
160
WD
Steve Lowery
--
73
55
--
128

 




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