Bernhard Langer captures Champions Tour event

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NAPLES, Fla. — Bernhard Langer shot a final-round 72 and won his second ACE Group Classic title in three years by one stroke on Sunday.

Langer two-putted from 50 feet on the 18th for par to finish at 12-under 204, ahead of Jay Don Blake at TwinEagles Club’s Talon Course.

Langer, who won this tournament in 2011 and was runner-up last year, survived three bogeys and a double bogey. It was his 17th victory on the Champions Tour, and the seventh year he has won at least one tournament.

Blake, who had four birdies on the front nine, took the lead briefly with a birdie on the par-5 13th to get to 12 under. But Langer also birdied the hole, and added another on No. 14 to take the lead again.

Blake missed a 3-footer for par on No. 16, and Langer bogeyed No. 15, keeping Langer a stroke ahead. Blake’s 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th looked like it had a chance until the last few feet, when it turned and grazed the edge of the cup.

Langer’s even-par round matched the highest final-round score for a winner at the ACE. Craig Stadler also shot 72 in 2004. They also both survived double bogeys to win.

Tom Pernice, who was tied for the lead at one point, bogeyed No. 11, and then missed a short birdie putt at No. 12 and couldn’t recover. Down two strokes, he went for the green on the par-5 17th in two, hooked a 3-wood into the water and made bogey.

Pernice tied for third with John Cook, who birdied Nos. 16 and 18 to finish off 68, at 9-under 207.

David Frost and Rocco Mediate, a Calusa Pines Golf Club member, tied for fifth at 8-under.

LPGA TOUR: In Canberra, Australia, Jiyai Shin won the Australian Women’s Golf Open by two shots on Sunday, finishing with 1-under 72 to beat No. 1 Yani Tseng after being tied for the overnight lead with teenage star Lydia Ko.

Shin mixed three birdies with two bogeys in a final round battle with Ko and Tseng, and added the Australian title to her two British Opens among 37 professional victories.

Ko’s share of the lead evaporated quickly when she began the final day with a double bogey and bogey. However, the 15-year-old fought back to reclaim the joint lead after 13 holes before Shin dismissed the challenge.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In East London, South Africa, Darren Fichardt overcame a late stumble to shoot 1-under 71 and win the Africa Open.

Fichardt finished at 16-under-par 272 at the East London Golf Club to record his fourth career European Tour title.

Jaco Van Zyl carded 73 to finish in a tie with Gregory Bourdy (70) for second place two shots back.


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