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Bernhard Langer
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Personal information
Full name Bernhard Langer
Born 27 August 1957 (1957-08-27) (age 52)
Anhausen, West Germany
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 74 kg (160 lb; 11.7 st)
Nationality  Germany
Residence Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Anhausen, Germany
Spouse Vikki Carol (m.1984)
Children Jackie (b.1986), Stefan (b.1990), Christina (b.1993), Jason (b.2000)
Career
Turned professional 1976
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 78
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
European Tour 42 (2nd all time)
Champions Tour 8
European Seniors Tour 1
Other 26
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 2)
The Masters Won: 1985, 1993
U.S. Open T4: 1987
Open Championship 2nd/T2: 1981, 1984
PGA Championship T21: 1987
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2001 (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
Jack Nicklaus Trophy
(Champions Tour)
2008, 2009

Bernhard Langer (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 90s, being the first official number one ranked player in 1986.

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Life and work

Langer was born in Anhausen near Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany. He turned professional in 1976 and has won many events in Europe and the United States, among them The Masters in 1985 and 1993. He was the inaugural World Number 1 when the Official World Golf Rankings were introduced in 1986, and he became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. He ranks second in career wins on the European Tour, with forty and has also played regularly on the U.S. based PGA Tour, especially in the late 1980s and since 2000. He has shown great durability, finishing in a tie for fifth at The Open Championship the month before his forty-eighth birthday and regaining a place in the top hundred of the rankings three months before his fiftieth birthday. He played on 10 Ryder Cup teams (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002) and was non-playing captain of the victorious European team in 2004.

Through much of his career, Langer has battled the "yips", a term used to denote a strong tendency to flinch or twitch during putting [1]. He has changed his grip on the putter numerous times in an attempt to cure this problem; while he has been mostly successful, this tendency has colored his career. Langer is remembered nearly as much for one particular missed putt as he is for his titles. 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.

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).[2]

Professional wins (78)

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European Tour wins (42)

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 The Masters -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) Playoff 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 1986 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 The Masters -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.

PGA Tour wins (3)

Legend
Major Championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 14 Apr 1985 The Masters -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 The Masters -11 (68-70-69-70=277) 4 strokes United States Chip Beck

Other wins (26)

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 (8)

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 July 2009 3M Championship -16 (67-68-65=200) 1 stroke United States Andy Bean

European Seniors Tour (1)

  • 2008 Casa Serena Open

Major championships

Wins (2)

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

Results timeline

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters 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
The Masters 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
The Masters 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
The Masters 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

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.

Champions Tour major results

Tournament 2007 2008 2009
Senior PGA Championship DNP 2 T17
Senior British Open Championship DNP 4 4
U.S. Senior Open DNP T6 T22
The Tradition DNP T7 T17
Senior Players Championship T13 T7 T5

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

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

See also

References

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