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Langer wins in record-tying fashion

By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
Associated Press

SPRING, Texas – Bernhard Langer is quickly wearing out his welcome on the Champions Tour.

Langer matched the tour scoring records for a 54-hole event, closing with an 8-under 64 for an eight-stroke victory Sunday in the Administaff Small Business Classic.

Playing in his fourth Champions Tour event since turning 50 on Aug. 27, Langer birdied the final three holes to finish at 25-under 191 and match the scoring records for relation to par and low score. He opened with rounds of 62 and 65.

“Some of the guys in the locker room kidded me and said, ‘Why don’t you find somewhere else to play,’ ” Langer said. “I’ll play one more and decide what I’m going to do next year.”

Loren Roberts also had a 25-under 191 total in the 2006 MasterCard Championship, and Bruce Fleisher finished the 2002 RJR Championship at 19-under 191.

No one could challenge Langer in his wire-to-wire victory.

Mark O’Meara and Tom Kite tried. O’Meara (68) was second and, Kite (69), trying to win for the first time in his home state, was another shot back.

“We all got hammered,” Kite said. “I was pleased with the way I played, but Bernhard did some awesome things out there. We weren’t able to put any heat on him.”

Kite had one of his better tournaments and still remained winless this year.

“I seem to catch guys when they hare having a hot week,” Kite said.

Langer earned $255,000. Earlier this year, the two-time Masters winner lost a playoff to Rory Sabbatini in the PGA Tour’s Colonial in Fort Worth. Langer isn’t sure how he’ll manage his tournaments next year.

“People ask me where I’m going to play next year,” Langer said. “I don’t know yet.

“You can play them both but is it a good thing, that’s the question. I’m not sure I have the answer. If you divide your time on both tours you’re not going to be on the top of either one. I used to do that on the European Tour and the American tour and played great golf.”

Langer started the tournament on Friday with a birdie and an eagle and he never eased his pace, leading each of the three days.

Kite reached 15 under with an eagle on the second hole to cut Langer’s lead to three, but the German pushed the margin to four at No. 6 and never was even mildly tested again. Langer finished with a flourish, with five birdies on the final seven holes.

“I wasn’t able to follow the eagle with birdies,” Kite said. “I made some pars for a long time after that. But I can’t complain. I had a low score.”

Jay Haas, the tour’s leading money winner, overcame a quadruple bogey on the par-3 third hole and rallied for a 67 to tie for fourth with Lonnie Nielsen (68) at 14 under.

Haas earned $91,800 to pad his Champions Tour money lead.

Haas started the tournament in second place behind Loren Roberts in Charles Schwab points. Haas has led in points for 19 weeks, including seven weeks in a row, but Roberts won last week’s Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship to get the lead.

Haas needed to win the tournament to surpass Roberts for the points lead. Haas earned 92 points this week and now trails Roberts by 69 points.

John Cook and Phil Blackmar played in their first Champions Tour events. Cook closed with a 69 to tie for 36th at 6 under, while Blackmar shot a 76 to tie for 70th at 2 over.

Kite would like to see Langer on the Champions Tour.

“It’s good for the Champions Tour. It’s good for our business,” Kite said. “If he does, we’ll all have to step up and play well.”

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the Administaff Small Business Classic, played Oct. 12-14 at thepar-72, 7,006-yard Augusta Pines Golf Club in Spring, Texas:

1. Bernhard Langer $255,000
62-65-64–191

-25 2. Mark O'Meara 149,600
67-64-68–199

-17 3. Tom Kite 122,400
66-65-69–200

-16 4. Jay Haas 91,800
69-66-67–202

-14 4. Lonnie Nielsen 91,800
67-67-68–202

-14 6. Don Pooley 52,700
68-69-66–203

-13 6. Mark James 52,700
68-68-67–203

-13 6. Ben Crenshaw 52,700
70-65-68–203

-13 6. Andy Bean 52,700
67-67-69–203

-13 6. Tom Jenkins 52,700
66-68-69–203

-13 6. Tom Purtzer 52,700
69-65-69–203

-13 12. Jerry Pate 35,700
67-68-69–204

-12 12. Jeff Sluman 35,700
66-68-70–204

-12 14. Denis Watson 29,750
72-66-67–205

-11 14. D.A. Weibring 29,750
69-68-68–205

-11 14. Chip Beck 29,750
69-68-68–205

-11 14. David Eger 29,750
69-67-69–205

-11 18. Fred Funk 23,248
70-69-67–206

-10 18. Mark McNulty 23,248
66-71-69–206

-10 18. Gil Morgan 23,248
70-68-68–206

-10 18. Fuzzy Zoeller 23,248
67-69-70–206

-10 22. Tom McKnight 19,210
69-70-68–207

-9 22. Jim Thorpe 19,210
68-66-73–207

-9 24. Scott Simpson 15,194
72-72-64–208

-8 24. Hale Irwin 15,194
68-72-68–208

-8 24. John Jacobs 15,194
69-71-68–208

-8 24. Tom Wargo 15,194
67-72-69–208

-8 24. Mark Wiebe 15,194
68-70-70–208

-8 24. Keith Fergus 15,194
69-69-70–208

-8 24. Bob Gilder 15,194
67-68-73–208

-8 24. Bruce Fleisher 15,194
71-65-72–208

-8 32. Vicente Fernandez 11,475
70-73-66–209

-7 32. Dan Pohl 11,475
70-70-69–209

-7 32. Dave Stockton 11,475
68-70-71–209

-7 32. Eduardo Romero 11,475
67-70-72–209

-7 36. Dana Quigley 9,384
71-71-68–210

-6 36. John Cook 9,384
69-72-69–210

-6 36. Pat McDonald 9,384
69-72-69–210

-6 36. Danny Edwards 9,384
70-70-70–210

-6 36. Mike McCullough 9,384
70-69-71–210

-6 41. Joe Ozaki 7,650
71-74-66–211

-5 41. Donnie Hammond 7,650
71-72-68–211

-5 41. Dick Mast 7,650
70-72-69–211

-5 41. Gary McCord 7,650
74-68-69–211

-5 41. Bruce Vaughan 7,650
68-73-70–211

-5 46. Tim Simpson 5,950
70-72-70–212

-4 46. Rod Spittle 5,950
69-71-72–212

-4 46. Des Smyth 5,950
69-71-72–212

-4 46. Bruce Lietzke 5,950
70-70-72–212

-4 46. John Ross 5,950
66-73-73–212

-4 51. Bruce Summerhays 4,590
73-71-69–213

-3 51. Craig Stadler 4,590
66-73-74–213

-3 51. Ed Dougherty 4,590
68-71-74–213

-3 54. Bobby Wadkins 3,740
75-69-70–214

-2 54. John McGough 3,740
73-71-70–214

-2 54. Wayne Grady 3,740
69-72-73–214

-2 54. Wayne Levi 3,740
68-70-76–214

-2 54. Perry Arthur 3,740
68-70-76–214

-2 59. Dave Eichelberger 2,890
71-73-71–215

-1 59. Lanny Wadkins 2,890
69-74-72–215

-1 59. John Harris 2,890
69-73-73–215

-1 59. David Edwards 2,890
68-74-73–215

-1 59. Mike Reid 2,890
72-69-74–215

-1 64. Lindy Miller 2,295
73-70-73–216

E 64. Hugh Baiocchi 2,295
70-72-74–216

E 66. Mark Johnson 1,802
72-77-68–217
+ 1 66. Morris Hatalsky 1,802
75-75-67–217
+ 1 66. Walter Hall 1,802
73-72-72–217
+ 1 66. Allen Doyle 1,802
73-72-72–217
+ 1 70. Jim Dent 1,445
73-74-71–218
+ 2 70. Phil Blackmar 1,445
73-69-76–218
+ 2 72. Jim Albus 1,241
76-73-70–219
+ 3 72. Graham Marsh 1,241
72-72-75–219
+ 3 74. Harry Taylor 1,122
74-75-73–222
+ 6 75. Massy Kuramoto 1,054
80-73-70–223
+ 7 76. Dale Douglass 952
79-74-73–226
+ 10 76. Bill Rogers 952
76-73-77–226
+ 10 DQ. R.W. Eaks

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