Champions Tour

Bernhard Langer wins Insperity Invitational

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Bernhard Langer (Scott Halleran/ Getty Images)

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Bernhard Langer won the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational for the third time, closing with a 1-under 71 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples.

Langer finished at 11-under 205 at The Woodlands to become the 10th 20-time winner on the 50-and-over tour.

The 56-year-old German player also won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. He opened this season with a victory in Hawaii.

“I’m hoping to add to that number,” Langer said. “I hope I’m not done yet. I’m very blessed to have won 20 times in 6 1/2 years. It’s been a great run and a wonderful achievement. I just feel like I’m playing some of my best golf in my career.”

Couples, the former University of Houston player who won the 2010 event, finished with a 67. He won in March in Newport Beach, California.

“On a golf course as hard as this, you can’t really play relaxed golf,” Couples said. “You have to pay attention to what you’re doing. I didn’t hit enough good shots to shoot a lot lower to catch Bernhard, although I got close to him.”

Colin Montgomerie was third at 9 under after a 70. His best finish on the tour is second in March in Newport Beach. The Scot had no complaints about his finish.

“If you’re second, third to Couples and Langer, you’re doing OK,” Montgomerie said.

Esteban Toledo, the winner last year, was 7 under after a 71. Jay Haas and Tom Pernice Jr. tied for fifth at 6 under. Haas shot his third straight 70, and Pernice had a 71.

Rod Spittle (71-70-71) finished at 4-under par 212, good enough for a tie for 9th. The St. Catharines, Ont. native tied with Fred Funk, Jeff Maggert, Tom Byrum and Bart Bryant.

Victoria, B.C.’s Jim Rutledge was the other Canadian in the field. He tied for 35th at 4-over 220.