Height: 5 ft 9 in
Born: August 27, 1957
Turned Pro: 1972
Sponsors: Adams Golf
Sustained excellence and the ability to defy his age are just two of the qualities golf analysts use when describing Germany’s Bernhard Langer. Born in Anhausen, Germany, Langer turned professional as a teenager and began establishing a long, unique professional resume that continues to this day.
Langer won the first of his 40 European Tour titles (2nd all-time) in 1980 at the Dunlop Masters. A model of consistency, Langer won every year from 1980 to 1995. He’s won three times on the PGA Tour. Of course, two of those three wins were at Augusta National. Langer won the Masters in 1985 by two shots over Seve Ballesteros, Raymond Floyd and Curtis Strange. Eight years later, he captured his second green jacket by five strokes over Chip Beck.
Bernhard made strong runs at two other Major championships as well. He was twice runner up at the Open Championship (1981 and 1984). He was in the top 10 at the U.S. Open in consecutive years (1986-87).dd
Langer became a staple on the resurgent European Ryder Cup teams appearing in nine straight Ryder Cups between 1981 and 1997. In all, Langer played on ten teams that won or retained the Ryder Cup.
It turns out Langer was just getting started. After turning 50, Langer joined the PGA’s Champions Tour. By the end of 2014, he had already won 23 events, including four Senior Major Championships. Langer has won at least one Champions Tour event every year (2007-2014) since becoming eligible for the senior circuit.
In 2014, at the age of 56, Langer not only made the cut at the Masters, he finished in a tie for 8th place. A few months later, Langer lapped the field at the Senior Open Championship winning the title by 13 shots over runner up Colin Montgomerie.