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Bernhard Langer beats Jay Haas in marathon playoff

Bernhard Langer outlasted defending champion Jay Haas in the Toshiba Classic on Sunday, birdieing the final hole of regulation to force a playoff and winning with a birdie on the seventh extra hole.

Langer, the 50-year-old German star who won the 1985 and 1993 Masters, has two victories in nine career Champions Tour starts. Last October, he won the Administaff Small Business Classic in Texas in his fourth event on the 50-and-over tour.

After bogeying the par-3 17th to drop a stroke behind, Langer birdied the par-5 18th to force the playoff at 14-under 199. Haas closed with a 6-under 65, while Langer had a 69 on the Newport Beach Country Club course.

Both players two-putted from about 30 feet for birdies on the first extra hole, the 18th, then traded pars on the par-4 16th. On the third playoff hole, the 17th, Langer matched Haas’ par after driving into a greenside bunker.

The playoff then shifted back to 18, where both players made pars after hitting their second shots into greenside bunkers. They traded birdies on 16 and matched pars on 17 before Langer finished off Haas with the birdie on No. 18.

The seven-hole playoff fell short of the tournament record of nine, set by Bob Murphy in a 1997 victory over Jay Sigel and matched in 2001 in Jose Maria Canizares’ victory over Gil Morgan. The Champions Tour record is 10, set in David Graham’ victory over Dave Stockton in the 1998 Royal Caribbean Classic.

Scott Simpson (65), Ben Crenshaw (67) and Gary McCord (67) tied for third at 11 under, and Curtis Strange (66) and first-round Tim Simpson (70) were 10 under.

Scott Hoch, coming off consecutive wins in Florida in the Allianz Championship and The ACE Group Classic, closed with a 67 to tie for 21st at 7 under.

Scotland’s Sandy Lyle shot a 71 to tie for 51st at even par in his Champions Tour debut. The two-time major champion turned 50 on Feb. 9.


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