Bernhard Langer, 64, breaks Champions’s age record with victory in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

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RICHMOND, Va.-Bernhard Langer became the oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history Sunday at 64, beating Doug Barron with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

The German star put both arms in the air after winning for the 42nd time on the 50-and-over tour and for the first time since March 2000.

“It’s coming down to the putt,” Langer said. “It’s so tight out here.”

At 64 years, 1 month, 27 days, Langer broke the age record of 63 years, 5 months and 4 days that Scott Hoch set when he teamed up with Tom Pernice Jr. about winning the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Langer closed with a 3-under 69, also birdieing par-5 18. in regulation to match Barron at 14-under 202 at the Country Club of Virginia’s James River course.

“This has been a very special victory,” Langer said. “It’s been a long time, and I’ve had some very, very close calls, which were kind of frustrating and disappointing. So when it actually happens and you win, it’s exciting. ”

He had played in the final group six times earlier this season without a win. The double Masters champion has won nine times since he turned 60. Barron also finished with a birdie in a 68. He missed a 6-foot birdie attempt in the playoffs before Langer ran into the winner to finish a series of five playoffs -tab.

“He’s just an anomaly. He’s incredibly, incredibly talented, and he’s one of my heroes and good friends,” Barron said of Langer. “I’m very lucky to call him a very dear friend. If I’m going to be beaten, I do not mind being beaten by him.”

Langer, also the winner of 2017 in Richmond, increased his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup season position in the playoffs. Second-round leader Steve Flesch finished third at 12 under after a 73. Ernie Els, who set the course record with a 63, finished at 11 under along with Ken Duke (68), Tim Petrovic (71) and first-round leader Steven Alker (72).

Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a 71 to equalize to 47th on even par. He has three wins in five senior starts, winning Constellation Furyk and Friends two weeks ago in Florida.

The second event of the playoffs is in two weeks in Boca Raton, Florida.

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