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Langer wins shortened event at Hualalai

Bernhard Langer won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on Sunday 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).

"It's very special because it's maybe my favourite tournament out here," Langer said. "To start the year off in this fashion, just winning the Schwab Cup last year and now my caddie's wearing the Schwab Cup jersey again, it can't be much better. And then to have won on the day when we celebrate our 33rd anniversary, I have my kids and my wife (Vikki) with me, that doesn't happen very often. It's quite emotional for me, pretty neat."

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.

"It's not the way I wanted to win," Langer said. "I was ready to compete and battle it out, but I don't make the rules. ... (Sunday) would have been more wind, supposedly. So this was really the right decision."

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