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Bernhard Langer wins record ninth Champions Tour major

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Bernhard Langer of Germany won his record ninth major on the Champions Tour - and his second in two weeks - by winning the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/4444df1cb8a3882dfe2d7bfa84f5bf24/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Bernhard Langer of Germany won his record ninth major on the Champions Tour - and his second in two weeks - by winning the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Bernhard Langer is loving middle age.

The 59-year-old German broke the record for most career major titles on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, winning the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday by one stroke over Fiji's Vijay Singh in Sterling, Va.

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Langer earned his ninth senior major title, passing Jack Nicklaus' record total. A week ago, Langer tied the mark by winning the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala.

"It means a great deal," Langer said, according to GolfWeek. "We play to win, to win majors."

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Langer closed with a 4-under-par 68 at Trump National Golf Club Washington to wind up at 18-under 270. Singh, who opened the day with a one-shot lead, carded a 70.

The win was Langer's 32nd on the Champions tour. The record for senior wins is 45, held by Hale Irwin.

Singh, 54, continues to play on the PGA Tour more than on the senior circuit.

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"It's difficult for me to move from the regular Tour and come and feel the same excitement on the Senior tour," Singh said, according to GolfWeek. "For some reason I have not got adjusted to that yet. This is a good week for me, it's going to get my blood flowing again and hopefully it's going to make up my mind."

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When Langer made his lone bogey of the day, on the par-4 sixth hole, he and Singh were tied -- and they remained even by matching results on each of the next nine holes.

Langer gained the lead for good at the par-4 16th hole, sinking a 15-foot birdie putt.

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The lead grew safe when Singh bogeyed the par-3 17th hole. Singh's birdie on the par-5 18th merely sliced the final margin.

Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (final-round 68) and Billy Andrade (71) tied for third at 275.

Scott McCarron (69) and Bob Estes (70) shared fifth place at 276.

David Toms finished solo seventh at 277 following a 69.

Jerry Kelly and Brandt Jobe each wound up at 280 following rounds of 71, and Duffy Waldorf took 10th place at 281 after a 72.

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