Bernhard Langer gave away a four-shot lead in the final round of Senior
"It was like, `This is not Bernhard Langer,"' he said, laughing. "Usually I'm a bit more steady."
No matter. The two-time
Langer made a 35-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to tie Sluman at 15 under, then birdied the par-5 18th on the second hole of sudden death after a brilliant pitch from the rough to 5 feet. The 56-year-old German thrust his arms skyward in triumph after one of the more trying of his 21 career victories on the 50-and-over circuit.
"It comes in all shades I guess," Langer said after an even-par 70.
Sluman had a bogey-free 65 to match Langer's four-round total of 15-under 265, but narrowly missed a birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it. The 1988 PGA champion covered his face in his hands after the ball stayed out.
"I'm not going to hit a better putt than that," Sluman said. "It just didn't go in."
It never seems to for Sluman, at least in playoffs. The 56-year-old American is 1-9 in his professional career when pushed to extra holes.
"If I'm in another playoff, bet on the other guy," Sluman said.
"I wanted to shoot somewhere 65 or better, didn't happen," Perry said.
Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way one hole early to defeat Shawn Stefani in a playoff.
Tied for the lead as he played the 18th hole at Congressional, Rose tried to hit through two trees left of the fairway and overturned the shot. It ran down a bank and into the water, and he had to hole a 15-foot bogey putt just to stay in the game.
That proved to be the biggest shot he hit all day.
Behind him, Stefani made bogey on the 17th and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th to set up the first playoff in the eight-year history of this event.
And then it was Stefani who essentially repeated Rose's mistake on the first extra hole at No. 18.
After taking a drop because the grandstands blocked his view of the green, he wanted to play his low punch to the right side of the green. His shot also had too much turn and bounded into the water. Rose hit the middle of the green from the fairway and two-putted for par. Stefani made double bogey.
It was Rose's first win since the
Stacy Lewis wins at NW Arkansas Championship
Stacy Lewis made a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finally win an official event in her adopted state.
The top-ranked Lewis, the Texan who played at the nearby University of Arkansas, earned an unofficial win in the rain-shortened 2007 tournament as an amateur. On Sunday, she closed with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory.
Lewis birdied three of her final holes for her third
Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford tied for second. Ko finished with a 65, and Kerr and Stanford shot 67.
Second-round leader Michelle Wie shot a 73 to tie for eighth at 8 under.
Fabrizio Zanotti holds on in playoff at BMW International Open
Fabrizio Zanotti won a four-way playoff to become the first player from Paraguay to win on the European Tour.
Zanotti won when No. 2-ranked