LAKEWAY, Texas(AP) Bernhard Langer became the first three-time winner on the Champions Tour this season, closing with a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a six-stroke victory over Mark O'Meara in the Triton Financial Classic.
``This is probably as dominant as I've been this year,'' said Langer, the first wire-to-wire winner this year on the 50-and-over tour. ``I've won big before, but this is the best for this year.''
The German star, a seven-time winner since joining the Champions Tour late in the 2007 season, finished at 15-under 201 on The Hills Country Club course, matching the tournament record set by Scott Hoch in 2007.
``This is what we work and practice for,'' Langer said. ``Winning never gets old.''
O'Meara, winless on the Champions Tour, shot a 70 for his third runner-up finish of the year and sixth overall, while Dana Quigley shot a 69 to end up another shot back. Hoch (71), Larry Mize (69) and Gene Jones (74) tied for fourth at 7 under.
``I guess second is better than third or fourth, but Bernhard got off to a fast start and I didn't match him,'' said O'Meara, a two-time major champion on the PGA Tour. ``I think I'm moving in the right direction, but there is not much you can do when he has a lead to start with and then keeps it going.''
The tournament-record six-stroke margin doubled the previous tour high this year.
``I didn't really look at a scoreboard until I got to 15, then I realized if I didn't do anything silly I would win,'' Langer said.
After a birdie on the par 5 17th, Langer took the six-shot lead over O'Meara to the dangerous and watery par-3 18th.
He only needed to hit the green to ensure the victory and two-putted to cement the win, raising both arms high into the air when the final putt found the cup.
Langer entered the round a stroke ahead of Jones, and three in front of O'Meara. The two-time Masters champion shot a front-nine 32 and increased his lead to five shots by the time he made the turn.