Bernhard Langer

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Bernhard Langer
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Bernhard Langer
Born (1957-08-27) 27 August 1957 (age 57)
Anhausen, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb; 11.7 st)
Nationality  Germany
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Anhausen, Germany
Spouse Vikki Carol (m. 1984)
Children Jackie, Stefan, Christina, Jason
Career
Turned professional 1972
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 95
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
European Tour 42 (2nd all time)
Japan Golf Tour 1
Champions Tour 23 (T5th all time)
European Seniors Tour 4
Other 26
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters Tournament Won: 1985, 1993
U.S. Open T4: 1987
The Open Championship 2nd/T2: 1981, 1984
PGA Championship T21: 1987
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2001/2002[1][2] (member page)
Honorary Officer of the
Most Excellent Order
of the British Empire
2006
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1981, 1984
European Tour
Player of the Year
1985, 1993
Champions Tour
Rookie of the Year
2008
Jack Nicklaus Trophy
(Champions Tour
Player of the Year)
2008, 2009, 2010
Arnold Palmer Award
(Champions Tour
Money List Winner)
2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour
lowest scoring average)
2008, 2009, 2014
Charles Schwab Cup
(Champions Tour)
2010, 2014

Bernhard Langer [ˈbɛʁnhaʁt ˈlaŋɐ] (born 27 August 1957) is a German professional golfer. He is a two-time Masters champion and was one of the world's leading golfers throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1986, he became the sport's first official number one ranked player. After turning 50, he established himself as one of the most successful players on the Champions Tour and has won four senior major championships: the 2010 Senior Open Championship, 2010 U.S. Senior Open, 2014 Constellation Senior Players Championship and the 2014 Senior Open Championship.

Life and work[edit]

Langer at 1992 Honda Open

Langer was born in Anhausen near Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. He turned professional in 1972 and has won many events in Europe and the United States, including The Masters in 1985 and 1993. He was the inaugural World Number 1 when the Official World Golf Rankings were introduced in 1986. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001 (but deferred his induction until 2002).[2] He ranks second in career wins on the European Tour (40) and has also played regularly on the U.S. based PGA Tour, especially in the late 1980s and since 2000. He finished in a tie for fifth at The Open Championship the month before he turned 48, and regained a ranking in the top 100 three months before he turned 50. Along with Gary Player, David Graham, and Hale Irwin, Langer is one of only four players to have won official tournaments on all six continents on which golf is played. He played on 10 Ryder Cup teams (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002) and was the non-playing captain of the victorious European team in 2004.

Langer has battled the yips, having a strong tendency to flinch or twitch during putting.[3] He has changed his putter grip numerous times in an attempt to cure the problem.[4] In the 1991 Ryder Cup, Langer missed a five-foot putt that would have tied the Ryder Cup and allowed the European team to retain the trophy.

Langer has been married to his American wife Vikki Carol since 1984. They have four children: Jackie, Stefan, Christina, and Jason. They maintain homes in Langer's birthplace of Anhausen and in Boca Raton, Florida. Langer is known to be a devout Christian.[5]

In 2006, in recognition of his contribution to the sport of golf, Langer was appointed as an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).[6]

Professional wins (95)[edit]

European Tour wins (42)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other European Tour (40)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Oct 1980 Dunlop Masters −14 (70-65-67-68=270) 5 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes
2 2 Aug 1981 German Open −12 (67-69-64-72=272) 1 stroke England Tony Jacklin
3 27 Sep 1981 Bob Hope British Classic −16 (67-65-68=200) 5 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis
4 1 Aug 1982 Lufthansa German Open −9 (73-71-69-66=279) Playoff Scotland Bill Longmuir
5 1 May 1983 Italian Open −17 (67-69-67-68=271) Playoff Spain Seve Ballesteros, Scotland Ken Brown
6 26 Jun 1983 Glasgow Golf Classic −6 (70-66-66-72=274) 1 stroke Argentina Vicente Fernández
7 18 Sep 1983 St. Mellion Timeshare TPC −11 (69-68-66-66=269) 2 strokes England Paul Way
8 20 May 1984 Peugeot Open de France −18 (68-71-67-64=270) 1 stroke Spain José Rivero
9 19 Jul 1984 KLM Dutch Open −13 (64-68-69=74=275) 4 strokes Australia Graham Marsh
10 5 Aug 1984 Carroll's Irish Open −21 (68-66-67-66=267) 4 strokes England Mark James
11 14 Oct 1984 Benson & Hedges Spanish Open −13 (73-68-72-62=275) 2 strokes England Howard Clark
12 14 Apr 1985 Masters Tournament −6 (72-74-68-68=282) 2 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros, United States Raymond Floyd,
United States Curtis Strange
13 24 Aug 1985 Lufthansa German Open −27 (61-60-62=183) 7 strokes England Michael McLean, Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
14 1 Sep 1985 Panasonic European Open −11 (66-72-64-67=269) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland John O'Leary
15 31 Aug 1986 German Open −15 (75-65-66-67=273) Playoff Australia Rodger Davis
16 19 Oct 1986 Lancome Trophy −14 (67-69-68-70=274) Shared Spain Seve Ballesteros
17 25 May 1987 Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship −18 (66-69-68-67=270) 4 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
18 5 Jul 1987 Carroll's Irish Open −19 (67-68-66-68=269) 10 strokes Scotland Sandy Lyle
19 8 May 1988 Epson Grand Prix of Europe 4 & 3 Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
20 30 Apr 1989 Peugeot Spanish Open −7 (70-72-67-72=281) 3 strokes Spain José Maria Cañizares, England Paul Carrigill
21 8 Oct 1989 German Masters −12 (67-71-70-68=276) 1 stroke Spain José María Olazábal, United States Payne Stewart
22 22 Apr 1990 Cepsa Madrid Open −18 (70-67-66-67=270) 1 stroke Australia Rodger Davis
23 14 Oct 1990 Austrian Open −17 (65-66-72-68=271) Playoff United States Lanny Wadkins
24 21 Apr 1991 Benson & Hedges International Open −2 (73-68-75-70=286) 2 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh
25 6 Oct 1991 Mercedes German Masters −13 (68-72-67-68=275) Playoff Australia Rodger Davis
26 26 Jul 1992 Heineken Dutch Open −11 (68-68-69-72=277) Playoff Scotland Gordon Brand Jnr
27 11 Oct 1992 Honda Open −15 (69-65-70-69=273) 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
28 11 Apr 1993 Masters Tournament −11 (68-70-69-70=277) 4 strokes United States Chip Beck
29 31 May 1993 Volvo PGA Championship −14 (70-69-67-68=274) 6 strokes Scotland Gordon Brand Jnr, Scotland Colin Montgomerie,
New Zealand Frank Nobilo
30 29 Aug 1993 Volvo German Open −19 (65-68-70-66=269) 5 strokes Australia Robert Allenby, England Peter Baker
31 3 Jul 1994 Murphy's Irish Open −13 (70-68-70-67=275) 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby, United States John Daly
32 30 Oct 1994 Volvo Masters −8 (71-62-73-70=276) 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros, Fiji Vijay Singh
33 29 May 1995 Volvo PGA Championship −9 (67-73-68-71=279) 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell, Sweden Per-Ulrik Johansson
34 11 Jun 1995 Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe −18 (67-66-68-69=270) 6 strokes England Jamie Spence
35 1 Oct 1995 Smurfit European Open −8 (74-70-68-68=280) Playoff England Barry Lane
36 4 May 1997 Conte Of Florence Italian Open −15 (71-69-69-64=273) 1 stroke Spain José María Olazábal
37 11 May 1997 Benson & Hedges International Open −12 (70-66-71-69=276) 2 strokes Wales Ian Woosnam
38 10 Aug 1997 Chemapol Trophy Czech Open −20 (70-67-64-63=264) 4 strokes Sweden Niclas Fasth, Spain Ignacio Garrido,
Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
39 5 Oct 1997 Linde German Masters −21 (68-69-60-70=267) 6 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
40 29 Jul 2001 The TNT Open −15 (69-67-67-66=269) Playoff England Warren Bennett
41 7 Oct 2001 Linde German Masters −22 (67-64-68-67=266) 1 stroke United States John Daly, Sweden Fredrik Jacobson
42 10 Nov 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia −3 (71-71-72-67=281) Shared* Scotland Colin Montgomerie

* Langer and Montgomerie agreed to share the 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia after failing light caused play to halt after 2 holes of a playoff.

European Tour playoff record (8–6–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1982 Sun Alliance PGA Championship England Tony Jacklin Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1982 Lufthansa German Open Scotland Bill Longmuir Won with par on first extra hole
3 1983 Italian Open Spain Seve Ballesteros, Scotland Ken Brown Won with birdie on second extra hole
Ballesteros eliminated with par on first hole
4 1985 Carroll's Irish Open Spain Seve Ballesteros Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 1986 German Open Australia Rodger Davis Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
6 1986 Lancome Trophy Spain Seve Ballesteros Playoff abandoned after four holes due to darkness; tournament shared
7 1987 German Masters Scotland Sandy Lyle Lost to par on second extra hole
8 1990 Peugeot Open de France Republic of Ireland Philip Walton Lost to par on second extra hole
9 1990 Austrian Open United States Lanny Wadkins Won with birdie on third extra hole
10 1991 Mercedes German Masters Australia Rodger Davis Won with par on first extra hole
11 1992 Heineken Dutch Open Scotland Gordon Brand Jnr Won with par on first extra hole
12 1992 BMW International Open United States Paul Azinger, United States Glen Day,
Sweden Anders Forsbrand, England Mark James
Azinger won with birdie on first extra hole
13 1995 Smurfit European Open England Barry Lane Won with birdie on second extra hole
14 1996 Peugeot Open de France Australia Robert Allenby Lost to birdie on first extra hole
15 2001 The TNT Open England Warren Bennett Won with par on first extra hole
16 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia Scotland Colin Montgomerie Playoff abandoned after two holes due to darkness; tournament shared

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 14 Apr 1985 Masters Tournament −6 (72-74-68-68=282) 2 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros, United States Raymond Floyd,
United States Curtis Strange
2 21 Apr 1985 Sea Pines Heritage −11 (68-66-69-70=273) Playoff United States Bobby Wadkins
3 11 Apr 1993 Masters Tournament −11 (68-70-69-70=277) 4 strokes United States Chip Beck

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1985 Sea Pines Heritage United States Bobby Wadkins Won with par on first extra hole
2 1986 Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open United States Bob Tway Lost to par on second extra hole
3 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial United States Jim Furyk, South Africa Rory Sabbatini Sabbatini won with birdie on the first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (26)[edit]

Note: the German National Open Championship is a different event from the German Open listed five times in the European Tour wins section. That event was open to all comers, German and non-German. The German National Open Championship is "open" to German golfers whether they are amateur or professional.

Champions Tour wins (23)[edit]

Legend
Senior major championships (4)
Other Champions Tour (19)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 14 Oct 2007 Administaff Small Business Classic −25 (62-65-64=191) 8 strokes United States Mark O'Meara
2 7 Mar 2008 Toshiba Classic −14 (65-65-69=199) Playoff United States Jay Haas
3 30 Mar 2008 Ginn Championship Hammock Beach Resort −12 (67-66-71=204) 8 strokes United States Lonnie Nielsen, United States Tim Simpson
4 19 Oct 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic −12 (68-67-69=204) 2 strokes United States Lonnie Nielsen
5 25 Jan 2009 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai −18 (64-66-68=198) 1 stroke United States Andy Bean
6 26 Apr 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (with Tom Lehman) −27 (61-66-62=189) Playoff United States Jeff Sluman and United States Craig Stadler
7 7 Jun 2009 Triton Financial Classic −15 (65-69-67=201) 6 strokes United States Mark O'Meara
8 12 Jul 2009 3M Championship −16 (67-68-65=200) 1 stroke United States Andy Bean
9 21 Feb 2010 Allianz Championship −17 (67-65-67=199) Playoff United States John Cook
10 18 Apr 2010 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am* −9 (67-66=133) 1 stroke United States Mark O'Meara, United States Mike Reid
11 25 Jul 2010 The Senior Open Championship −5 (67-71-69-72=279) 1 stroke United States Corey Pavin
12 1 Aug 2010 U.S. Senior Open −8 (69-68-68-67=272) 3 strokes United States Fred Couples
13 29 Aug 2010 Boeing Classic −18 (66-63-69=198) 3 strokes Zimbabwe Nick Price
14 20 Feb 2011 The ACE Group Classic −18 (64-66-66=196) 4 strokes United States Fred Funk
15 5 Aug 2012 3M Championship −18 (67-69-62=198) 2 strokes United States David Peoples
16 7 Oct 2012 SAS Championship −13 (68-72-63=203) 2 strokes United States Jay Don Blake
17 17 Feb 2013 ACE Group Classic −12 (62-70-72=204) 1 stroke United States Jay Don Blake
18 21 Apr 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship −10 (73-66-67=206) 3 strokes United States Tom Lehman, United States Tom Pernice, Jr.
19 19 Jan 2014 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai −22 (66-64-64=194) 3 strokes United States Fred Couples, United States Jeff Sluman
20 4 May 2014 Insperity Invitational −11 (66-68-71=205) 1 stroke United States Fred Couples
21 29 Jun 2014 Constellation Senior Players Championship −15 (65-64-66-70=265) Playoff United States Jeff Sluman
22 27 Jul 2014 Senior British Open −18 (65-66-68-67=266) 13 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
23 17 Aug 2014 Dick's Sporting Goods Open −16 (67-67-66=200) 1 stroke United States Woody Austin, United States Mark O'Meara

* Tournament shortened to 36 holes due to rain.

Champions Tour playoff record (4–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2008 Toshiba Classic United States Jay Haas Won with birdie on seventh extra hole
2 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
with Tom Lehman
United States Jeff Sluman & United States Craig Stadler Won with par on second extra hole
3 2010 Allianz Championship United States John Cook Won with eagle on first extra hole
4 2012 AT&T Championship South Africa David Frost Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 2013 The Senior Open Championship United States Mark Wiebe Lost to par on fifth extra hole
6 2013 AT&T Championship United States Kenny Perry Lost to birdie on first extra hole
7 2014 Constellation Senior Players Championship United States Jeff Sluman Won with birdie on second extra hole

European Seniors Tour wins (4)[edit]

Legend
Senior major championships (3)
Other European Seniors Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 7 Sep 2008 Casa Serena Open −12 (67-67-67=201) 3 strokes Wales Ian Woosnam
2 25 Jul 2010 The Senior Open Championship −5 (67-71-69-72=279) 1 stroke United States Corey Pavin
3 1 Aug 2010 U.S. Senior Open* −8 (69-68-68-67=272) 3 strokes United States Fred Couples
4 27 Jul 2014 Senior British Open −18 (65-66-68-67=266) 13 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie

* The U.S. Senior Open is an unofficial money event on the European Seniors Tour.

Note: The Senior Open Championship and the U.S. Senior Open are both co-sanctioned events by the Champions Tour and European Seniors Tour.

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
1985 Masters Tournament 2 shot deficit −6 (72-74-68-68=282) 2 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros, United States Raymond Floyd, United States Curtis Strange
1993 Masters Tournament (2) 4 shot lead −11 (68-70-69-70=277) 4 strokes United States Chip Beck

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP CUT DNP T31 1 T16 T7 T9 T26
U.S. Open DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT T8 T4 CUT T59
The Open Championship T51 2 T13 T56 T2 T3 T3 T17 69 80
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T32 CUT T21 CUT T61
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T7 T32 T31 1 T25 T31 T36 T7 T39 T11
U.S. Open CUT CUT T23 CUT T23 T36 DQ CUT CUT DNP
The Open Championship T48 T9 T59 3 T60 T24 WD T38 CUT T18
PGA Championship CUT CUT T40 CUT T25 DNP 76 T23 DNP T61
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T28 T6 T32 CUT T4 T20 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT T40 T35 T42 DNP T33 DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T11 T3 T28 CUT DNP T5 CUT DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T46 CUT T23 T57 T66 T47 CUT DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament CUT DNP CUT T25 T8
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 2 0 0 3 9 14 31 23
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 2 4 20 10
The Open Championship 0 2 4 7 8 13 29 22
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 4 20 13
Totals 2 2 4 11 19 35 100 68
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1994 Masters – 1996 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (three times)

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (4)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
2010 The Senior Open Championship 3 shot lead −5 (67-71-69-72=279) 1 stroke United States Corey Pavin
2010 U.S. Senior Open Tied for the lead −8 (69-68-68-67=272) 3 strokes United States Fred Couples
2014 Constellation Senior Players Championship 3 shot lead −15 (65-64-66-70=265) Playoff United States Jeff Sluman
2014 The Senior Open Championship (2) 8 shot lead −18 (65-66-68-67=266) 13 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie

Senior results timeline[edit]

Results are not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
The Tradition DNP T7 T17 T10 DNP T2 T10 T9
Senior PGA Championship DNP 2 T17 T23 DNP T4 T13 T3
Senior Players Championship T13 T7 T5 T9 T6 DNP 8 1
U.S. Senior Open DNP T6 T22 1 T9 T2 T14 T9
The Senior Open Championship DNP 4 4 1 T12 T6 2 1

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for a win. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

  • Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982 (captain)
  • World Cup (representing Germany): 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1990 (winners), 1991, 1992, 1993 (individual winner), 1994, 1996, 2006 (winners)
  • Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1981, 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied – retained trophy), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 1997 (winners), 2002 (winners), 2004 (non-playing captain – winners)
  • Four Tours World Championship: 1985 (captain), 1986 (captain), 1987 (captain), 1989 (captain), 1990
  • Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Germany): 1992, 1994, 2000
  • Seve Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2000 (winners)
  • UBS Cup (Rest of the World team): 2001, 2002

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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