Langer wins Champions opener by 3 strokes

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm •  Published: January 19, 2014
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KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Bernhard Langer birdied five of the last six holes Sunday to pull away from Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman and win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship by three strokes.

The 56-year-old German shot his second straight 64 in the final round of the winners-only event that opened the 35th season of the Champions Tour. He finished with a 54-hole total of 22-under 194 at Hualalai.

Langer and Couples shared the lead at 14 under going into the final day. Sluman was two back, but surged ahead at the turn, his fifth birdie putt taking him to 17 under.

Langer and Couples caught him at 18 under with birdies on No. 13.

Langer just kept rolling, two-putting for birdie on the next hole to grab the lead alone, then draining three more birdie putts from inside 12 feet.

Sluman closed with a 65. Couples, looking for his 10th Champions win and second in a row, had a 67.