Langer wins Allianz Championship in playoff

Bernhard Langer’s bunker shot was plugged about 45 feet from the

hole in a playoff at the Allianz Championship.

Turns out, the German star had John Cook just where he wanted

him.

Langer holed the difficult shot for an eagle to edge Cook on

the first extra hole, to the delight of his many fans in his

adopted hometown.

“It doesn’t get any better than that, to play near where you

live is fantastic,” said Langer, who dropped his club and jumped

for joy after winning for the ninth time in 48 career Champions

Tour starts.

“To finish it off the way I did today with an unbelievable

shot, that only happens every so often, and makes it that much more

thrilling. I’m still flabbergasted. … You could put me in there

50 times and I probably wouldn’t hole again.”

Cook missed a 30-foot eagle putt on the playoff hole.

“Hall of Famers do stuff like that,” Cook said about

Langer. “I felt, for sure, if I hit a good putt here, I have a

good chance to win the golf tournament.”

Langer and Cook closed with 5-under 67s to finish at 17-under

199 on The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Langer earned $255,000.

Langer lost the lead when he missed a 4-foot par putt on No.

17, but rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 finishing hole to tie

Cook, recovering after his tee shot landed in a bed of crushed

shells.

“I’ve been all over the world and won a lot of tournaments,

and the way this turned out it’s definitely in the top three of my

experiences,” Langer said. “The two Masters weren’t shabby and

there was a couple of wins in my home country, too.”

Joey Sindelar (67) finished third, a stroke out of the

playoff. Gene Jones (66) was fourth at 15 under, and Mike Reid

(68), Loren Roberts (69), Tom Lehman (69) and Tim Simpson (71) were

another stroke back.