Bernhard Langer clinches Champions Tour title with 6th-place finish
Michael Allen shot a 6-under-par 66 for a two-stroke victory Sunday in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship, and Bernhard Langer wrapped up the Charles Schwab Cup title.
Allen birdied three of the final four holes on TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course, holing a 5-footer on No. 18. He finished at 15-under 201 for his second victory of the season and seventh overall on the 50-and-over tour. He won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida, in February.
”I felt like I really needed a birdie on the 15th hole,” Allen said. ”It was right in the center, a beautiful putt. You always wonder if you can win again. It’s nice to get over that hurdle.”
Marco Dawson was second after a 71. He bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18.
”I hit the best shot of the tournament (into the 18th green) and it ends up past the hole in a terrible lie,” Dawson said. ”The lie was so bad when I hit the chip it came out sideways. I had a thought before I hit it that I might double-chip it, the lie was so bad.”
Woody Austin had a 71 to finish third, three strokes back.
Langer closed with a 69 to tie for sixth at 10 under. He has a tour-high five victories — two of them majors — and leads the money list.
”I’m a guy who tries his best whenever I tee it up, and I’m still going to tee it up next week hoping to win the tournament,” Langer said. ”There’s still a lot of money on the line. But there’s a little less pressure now. I get to enjoy it.”
The top 30 on the money list qualified for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Esteban Toledo, 31st on the money list entering the week, birdied the final three holes for a 68 to tie for 12th at 8 under and move to 27th. Toledo made a 20-foot birdie putt at 16 and hit approach shots at 17 and 18 with 4 feet.
He bumped Mark Calcavecchia, 30th entering the week, from the Schwab field. Calcavecchia tied for 72nd in the 81-player field at 4 over with rounds of 77-72-76.
Rocco Mediate started the week 32nd in the money earnings and gave himself a chance at advancing to next week even though he opened his back nine with two-straight bogeys. Following a par at No. 12, Mediate rolled off five birdies over his closing six holes for a 66, but he finished 31st in the money standings.
”I haven’t done that in a while,” Mediate said. ”It was like a do-or-die situation. I can take that to next year.”