Langer out to defend title in New York

(AP Photo/Andy Clayton King)

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Since it became a stop on the Champions Tour eight years ago, the Dick's Sporting Goods Open has not had a repeat champion. Bernhard Langer is ready to change that, even without daughter Christina helping call the shots.

"It's possible. Anything is possible," Langer said as he prepared to begin defense of his title on Friday, a day after his 58th birthday. "But it's not that easy of a golf course. You've got to drive it extremely straight and hit some great shots to stay out of trouble."

Langer rallied to the victory last August at En-Joie Golf Club, playing all 54 holes without a bogey and closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O'Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200.

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