Planet Golf — 21 January 2017 by GW staff and news services
Weather, Langer beat Couples in Hawaii

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Bernhard Langer won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai to claim his 30th victory on PGA Tour Champions. He now sits in second place alone on the all-time list, trailing only Hale Irwin (45 wins).

The event was shortened to 36 holes due to heavy sustained winds of 40-plus miles per hour. Sunday’s forecast called for similar conditions. At one point during Saturday’s final round the scoring average was 80.287.

Scoring conditions were ideal during the first two days. Langer shot 64-65 during the first two rounds while Fred Couples was just one shot back after a pair of 65s.

Langer won the event for the third time, and it is the fourth time in his PGA TOUR Champions career that he has won an event three times.

The last time a round was suspended due to high winds was in 2010 in Naples, Florida.

Langer is coming off his third consecutive Charles Schwab Cup and was named the PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year for 2016.

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