Bernhard Langer: "I played with the Big Five"

"It's difficult to express it in words. It has been a dream come true. I have been able to live that dream for 50 or 51 years"

by Andrea Gussoni
Bernhard Langer: "I played with the Big Five"
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Since his debut in 1974, Bernhard Langer has won 42 tournaments on the DP World Tour over five decades, a feat surpassed only by the late Seve Ballesteros (50). Langer helped write a very important part of the history of the once known European Tour and today, at 66 years old, the German has competed in the last round of it.

He has done it in his country - where he has never won - competing in the BMW International Open. He is two strokes away from making the cut.

Langer, staments

The double Masters winner can boast of having played 513 tournaments on the Tour.

In addition, he was part of 10 European Ryder Cup teams and was captain of the team that emerged victorious in 2004. Of course, he will continue to be active on the PGA Tour Champions, for those over 50, where he has won 46 tournaments, 12 majors.

included. "It's difficult to express it in words. It has been a dream come true. I have been able to live that dream for 50 or 51 years," said the German, holding back tears after finishing his tour. "I had a lot of ups and downs in my career.

There were tough times with the yips and other things, but I had a lot of wonderful moments," he added. Langer was also happy to have been part of the 'Big Five' of European golf, along with Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam.

"It was a privilege to play with the Big Five, as they call them. I think we encouraged each other and I think we probably made the Tour of the '80s and '90s what it is now, what it has become. It was fun playing against these guys and now the young people benefit from that." Bernhard Langer (Arnhausen, 27 August 1957) is a German golfer.

Having turned professional in 1976, he won numerous tournaments both in Europe and in the United States. Among his greatest successes are the 2 victories achieved at the Masters in 1985 and 1993. In 1981 and 1984 he won the European Tour Order of Merit, which is the ranking of the players who have won the most prizes during the season.

In 2004 he was captain for Europe's Ryder Cup, in the edition played at Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, achieving victory for his team. Overall in his career he won 74 tournaments.