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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bernhard Langer has won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Champions player of the year for the record fifth time.
Jerry Smith also was honored Saturday as the rookie of the year.
Langer also won the award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The 58-year-old German star successfully defended his Senior Players title in June in Massachusetts for his fifth senior major title and won in San Antonio in October for his 25th victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Langer won the Charles Schwab Cup season points title for the second straight year and record third time overall. He also took the money title for the record fourth straight year and record seventh time in eight years, finishing with $2,340,288.
Smith won the Encompass Championship in Illinois in July and finished 28th on the money list with $652,365.
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