Boca’s own pro golfer Bernhard Langer captured the PGA’s Oasis Championship in his own hometown Sunday.
“I’ve lived here for many, many years. It’s great to be playing at home,” Langer said at the jacket, check and trophy presentation on the Old Course at Broken Sound.
Langer birdied five holes to start and stayed on top of the leaderboard all day. “No wonder I putted so good this week. After 43 years, I’m blessed to be playing the game at this level,” he said at the awards ceremony.
Mayor Scott Singer called the longtime Woodfield Country Club resident a “hometown hero.”
Langer has always been “a big supporter” of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, CEO Jerry Fedele said at the ceremony with former trustee chairman Dick Schmidt. The tournament benefits the hospital.
“We’re so proud he was able to bring home the trophy,” city Councilman Andy Thomson said just before the 18th hole.
Boca Chamber’s CEO applauded Langer’s win the first year Oasis is the sponsor. “It’s great to have your hometown guy win our hometown tournament,” said Troy McLellan. “The weather made this a chamber of commerce day.”
Langer’s victory made him the winningest golfer on the PGA’s Champions Tour, it was announced.
By Marci Shatzman