2004: This time, Langham makes it last

2004: This time, Langham makes it last


2004: This time, Langham makes it last

Fort Smith, Ark.

Franklin Langham wasn’t about to let this year’s Rheem Classic get away.

Langham, the 36- and 54-hole leader in 2003 before faltering in the final round, shot 66 April 25 to secure a two-shot victory, his first in more than a decade. Langham finished at 15-under 265 and earned $85,500.

“It’s been a long time since I won,” Langham said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and it wasn’t. Last year I was in a bit of a funk and never had a good outlook on golf, but I made a decision to rededicate myself. It’s a good feeling. This is huge.”

Langham’s second Nationwide Tour title came a tour-record 10 years, 8 months and 17 days since his last – at the 1993 Permian Basin Open.

“My sons have been asking when I was going to bring home a trophy,” said Langham, 35, who shot 61 Friday in a second round that included eight consecutive birdies (Nos. 3-10).

“Now I have something to take back with me. Whether it’s on this tour or the PGA Tour, the only security we have is winning.”

Keoke Cotner (67) finished second at 13 under, and Shane Bertsch (67) was third at 11 under.

– Staff and wire reports


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