Bernhard Langer had an answer for anybody who questioned whether he could still win on the PGA Tour Champions at age 60 with his victory at the Insperity Invitational. Langer opened with a 63 and held the lead wire-to-wire, although he needed to work hard on Sunday to hold off a charging Paul Goydos.
At one point Langer, who bogeyed three holes on the front nine Sunday, was four in arrears of Goydos. Four birdies over the final 10 holes, however, proved enough to give Langer his 37th PGA Tour Champions victory and fourth Insperity title. “I was very, very fortunate in the end to pull this off,” said Langer. “I’ve got a lot more gray hair right now.”
Langer won at The Woodlands with one of the more interesting iron sets in recent memory. Langer used four different models, including a blank, custom 9-iron that merely has his initials stamped on the back of the muscleback design (above).
For years Langer has loathed changing irons, relying on a combo set that included ancient Ben Hogan Apex irons for his 3- through 5-irons. The 4-iron from that group remains in the bag, but Langer also has added TaylorMade’s RSi TP model for his 5-iron and pitching wedge, while keeping his Adams Idea Pro Black for the 6- through 8-irons. At the Insperity Langer hit 40 of 54 greens greens in regulation for a 74.07 clip.
What Bernhard Langer had in the bag at the Insperity Invitational:
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Driver: Ping G400, 9 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 2017, 15 degrees
Hybrids: Adams Idea Pro (18, 22 degrees)
Irons: (4): Ben Hogan Apex; (5): TaylorMade RSi TP; (6-8): Adams Idea Pro Black; (9): Custom; (PW): TaylorMade RSi TP
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX (56 degrees); Titleist Vokey prototype (60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball Long