ORLANDO, Fla. – For the third time and with his second partner Bernhard Langer won the PNC Father/Son Challenge on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.
Langer won the event with his son, Stefan, in 2005 and ’06. This year, he began the week partnered with daughter Christina, but when she was sidelined recently by an injury, he drafted his 14-year-old son Jason into the family business.
The result was the same.
Thanks to an 85-foot eagle putt at the third hole, the Langer’s combined for a scramble score of 59 to finish at 23 under par, two shots ahead of Davis and Dru Love.
“When I saw him tee off on the first tee, when they announced his name and there are hundreds of people around, he just nailed it down the middle,” Langer said of Jason, who became the event’s youngest champion. “I knew we were going to be OK.”
The victory caps another stellar year for the 57-year-old, who was named the Champions Tour Player of the Year following five victories on the over-50 circuit, including this year’s Senior Open Championship and Senior Players Championship.
“It’s been magical,” Langer said. “Certainly one of my top three years in my career. At this age, to still be playing the golf I have been playing and winning two majors and five tournaments ... I’m very blessed.”
Team Love closed with a round of 59 as well and narrowly missed an eagle putt at the last hole, but it wouldn’t have been enough to catch the Langers.