BLAINE — Ten birdies on Sunday helped Bernhard Langer add another feather in his cap after shooting a 62 in the final round to overtake David Peoples and win the 3M Championship at the TPC Twin Cities.
It was the second title at this event for Langer, who joins three-time champion Hale Irwin as the only players with more than one victory here in the tournament’s 20-year history. Langer posted a three-round total of 198 (-18) to hold off Peoples (200) by two shots.
Kenny Perry, who finished strong with a 64 on Sunday, and Olin Browne tied for third at 2001.
Peoples used a second-round 62 to carry a three shot lead over Eduardo Romero into the final round, but it was Langer who caught fire on Sunday with the best round of the day. Romero faded with a 72 in the final round to tie for 10th at 205.
The victory was worth $262.500 for Langer, who also won this event in 2009.
After recording birdies on three of his first five holes on Sunday, Peoples reeled off 10 consecutive pars before bogeys on 16 and 17 opened the door for Langer, who had the tournament wrapped up by the time Peoples hit his drive on No. 18. Peoples birdied the final hole to maintain solo second, which was worth nearly $40,000 more than Perry and Browne received for finishing third.
A balky putter kept Minnesota native Tom Lehman from making a run this weekend as he finished 23rd with a 209 total. Minnesota club professionals Don Berry (212) of Edinburgh USA and Dave Tentis (214) of Troy Burne Golf Club finished 46th and 53rd while Edina’s John Harris never got on track while placing 72nd at 218.
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3M Championship results
Top 5, Minnesota players (par 72)
1. Bernhard Langer 67-69-62—198 -18
2. David Peoples 68-62-70—200 -16
3. Kenny Perry 69-68-64—201 -15
3. Olin Browne 68-67-66—201 -15
5. Joel Edwards 66-69-67—202 -14
23. Tom Lehman 68-70-71—209 -7
46. Don Berry 70-69-73—212 -4
53. Dave Tentis 72-69-73—214 -2
72. John Harris 74-74-70—218 +2