Langer Makes a Run for the Aged

Bernhard Langer

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | The fantasy evaporated almost as quickly as it had appeared. “It’s going to happen,” Bernhard Langer had promised. But not at this Masters and not for Langer, as gallantly as he played, an old man, 58, against the young and in a sense against himself.

“Sooner or later,” Langer said. “Someone over 50 is going to win a major.”  


For a day, 24 little hours, he – and we – thought Langer might be that someone, a golfer who uses guile to overcome power, a golfer who understands it’s what you do, not how you do it.

Langer certainly made us aware of the possibility. Fifty-four holes into the 2016 Masters, he was 1-under par and two shots out of first. In front of Jason Day, whom he had beaten by a shot head to head in the third round. In front of Danny Willett. In front of Dustin Johnson. In front of Rory McIlroy.

“Golf is lot more about knowing yourself,” said Langer, “and thinking your way around a course and execution.” No wiseacre remarks to follow, like the one when the late Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach, John McKay, was asked what he thought about his team’s execution and answered, “I think it would be good idea.”

Bernhard Langer twice was a Masters champion, in 1985 and 1993. Jordan Spieth was born in 1993, three months after Langer earned his second green jacket. More than 30 years difference in age. Often more than 30 yards difference in distance.

“If you hit it exactly where you want to hit it,” Langer insisted, “you can still shoot under par.”

But nobody, Spieth, McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones, has been able consistently to hit it exactly where he wants to hit it. Look what happened…..READ FULL ARTICLE

 

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