Whenever German golf was mentioned, it meant for decades: Bernhard Langer. Twice Masters Champion, world number one, Ryder Cup winner as player, as captain – and above all, a unique consistency. 32 years, half a life, after his first victory on the European Tour, Langer is still playing for trophies.
His love of the sport, his professionalism and his healthy lifestyle help the old master in this. But the father of four is not an ascetic, as is sometimes claimed. But he loves to eat the Black Forest cake made according to his mother’s recipe.
Even though this time he is teeing off at Gut Lärchenhof, the Bayer Langer still has a home game. He may not come from the same area as Siem or Kaymer, but he knows the course better than most. He used to organise the German Masters here, which he won in 2001.
Bernhard Langer career highlights
6 x Ryder Cup wins in 1985, 1987, 1995, 1997, 2002, 2004 (Captain)
2 x winning the US Masters 1985, 1993
17 years in a row at least one victory on the European Tour
42 victories at 451 European Tour starts
A total of 95 victories at international championships on all continents
Winning the Senior British Open (2010/2014), the US Open for seniors (2010) and the Senior Players Championship (2014)
Charles Schwab Cup winners 2010 and 2014
Winners of the prize money ranking of the Champions Tour 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Favorite team: Bayern Munich, FC Augsburg.
Favourite player: “There are some in Germany”.
EM Final: Winner Germany.
Didn’t become a soccer pro because: “Golf fascinated me even before it became a profession.”