For the second straight year, and the third time in his career, Bernhard Langer won the season long Charles Schwab Cup on the Champions Tour.
The Boca Raton resident entered the final tournament of the season third in points, but after a playoff loss to Billy Andrade in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Langer easily won the Schwab Cup, beating out Colin Montgomerie and Jeff Maggert by almost 400 points.
"Obviously, my goal was to win the overall Schwab Cup, this trophy here, coming into this tournament," Langer said.
With players receiving a point for every $500 in the $2.5 million tournament, Langer earned 508 points with his $254,000 check to earn the $1 million bonus for the season long championship.
Langer also won the money title for the record fourth straight year and record seventh time in eight years, finishing with $2,340,288. He also won the Byron Nelson Award for the second straight year and fourth time overall as the tour's scoring leader.
"He's 58 and he's still the best that we have and he's a very dedicated player," Andrade said. "I just look up to him. He's a Hall of Famer, he's a classy man and I'm just honored to be in his company and to be competing against him."
Now the real challenge begins for Langer.
On January 1st, the new anchored putter ban goes into effect and Langer, who has won 25 times in his Champions Tour career has been putting with an anchored stroke for 17 years. Langer thinks in the long run though, he will be ok.
“I think I’m going to figure out another way to put well,” Langer said to the Golf Channel. “Whether I’m going to go back to the way I putted for seven years, leaning the shaft against my left forearm—I won my second masters that way and a bunch of other events—or whether I’m going to adopt some other shorter putter or even continue with the long putter and not anchor it, I don’t know yet. I’ve always said I’m going to wait until this tournament was over, and I have two months to practice and figure it out.”
Langer will take those two months to experimet with different lengths and grips.
“I’ve thought about it a little bit," Langer added. "I’ve gathered a few putters, different styles, different lengths, different grips. My first thought is I’ll probably go back to what I did before I went to to the long putter, which was what Kuchar does, holding the putter against the left forearm that way, and Soren Kjeldsen in Europe does the same thing. If you can putt on the Masters greens and win with a grip like that, I would think I could do it in other tournaments, but we’ll see. There’s other options.”