Monday 15th November 2021
“Was about to give up”
“Gold standard” Langer golfs pain down
Bernhard Langer is the most successful German golfer of all time. The 64-year-old is an exceptional athlete. He proves this again and again, in the end with great pain. This demands enormous recognition from the other greats of the guild. But an end is in sight.
At the end of the first day of the tournament, caddy Terry Holt had to get the ball out of the hole for Bernhard Langer. Severe back pain tormented Germany’s golf idol at the final of the PGA Champions Tour. Three laps later, an overjoyed tall man lifted the heavy silver trophy of the Schwab Cup. The 64-year-old exceptional golfer from Anhausen won the season overall ranking of the US Seniors Tour for the sixth time on Sunday (local time) in Phoenix. A million US dollars was added to the 1985 and 1993 Masters winner as a bonus.
“I’m just overwhelmed, you know, to have won this thing six times when I was 64. It will probably be my last time, I’m almost sure of it, but it’s something very, very special,” said Langer, given the fact that he was getting younger and younger increasing competition on the tour of the over 50-year-olds. “It was an absolute roller coaster ride this week.”
At the start of the last tournament of the season, of all things, severe back pain almost thwarted the always fit golf veteran Langer. “I could barely swing the racket. I was about to give up. But I bit through,” said Langer, who was happy that the pain was getting less day by day. In the end, a 17th place in Phoenix was enough for him to win the overall standings again.
The tournament at the Phoenix Country Club was won by US star Phil Mickelson. “I would like to congratulate Bernhard,” said 51-year-old Mickelson at the award ceremony. “He’s the gold standard for work ethic, discipline and also talent and great golf. To win the overall standings at 64 is pretty impressive, pretty inspiring.”
By winning the Schwab Cup again, Langer has once again impressively underpinned his status as an exceptional golfer. The German, who lives in Florida, has celebrated 42 victories on the US senior tour. The former number one in the world is now only three successes short of the record of US legend Hale Irwin, who won 45 tournaments on the tour for the over 50s. Langer has so far collected over 31.9 million US dollars in prize money on the Champions Tour.