Langer: "Golf has been a dream for 50 years"

“For me it was a dream. I come from Anhausen, a town of 800 people, no one knew what golf was when I started” he said at the end of the day.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Langer: "Golf has been a dream for 50 years"
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At 66, Bernard Langer failed to make the cut at the BMW International Open in Munich. For him, one of the greatest golfers ever, it was the last match on the European tour after 50 years. “For me it was a dream. I come from Anhausen, a town of 800 people, no one knew what golf was when I started” he said at the end of the day.

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Langer started in 1974 and was the first player to become number one in the world since he was there when the World Ranking was born in 1986. He has 42 victories on the European Tour (now DP World Tour), three on the PGA and two Augusta Masters (the first in 1985, the second eight years later).

He played and won the Ryder Cup, on the field and as captain. In Monaco the emotion was palpable. He warned her and fought back his tears. “Golf has been a dream for me for fifty years. When I told my friends I was going to play golf they thought I was going to be a mini golfer.

People weren't clear on what a golf professional was." Like any professional, his career has been marked by ups and downs. “I am proud to have played and inherited the legacy of champions such as Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosman – said Langer -.

With them we encouraged each other, we made the European circuit great." He not only encountered those phenomena but achieved them, to the point that with them he makes up the so-called Big Five of golf. Of that quintet, Severiano Ballesteros was the first to demonstrate to the world that European golf would become an unstoppable force.

He made it clear with victories, soon followed by the other members of the Big Five. The Spaniard won the first Major in 1979, the last of the five to prevail over Faldo in 1996. In between there are 67 Majors: 16 of these went to the Big Five. Langer continues to play and win on the Champions Tour.

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