Thursday, 05 April 2018
Bernhard Langer 1985  (European Tour)
Bernhard Langer 1985 (European Tour)
He may have turned 60 last year, but two-time Masters Tournament winner Bernhard Langer is showing no signs of slowing down.

Langer first donned the Green Jacket 33 years ago as he became the first German – and only the second European after Seve Ballesteros – to triumph at Augusta National.

The year was 1985 and there were 77 players in the field, including ten past champions, with legendary names such as Ballesteros, Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus all aiming to add another Green Jacket to their collection.

With six holes to play in the final round, American Curtis Strange was three shots ahead of the chasing pack and looked as though a maiden Masters triumph was all but secured, despite an opening round of 80.

However, bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 18th holes derailed his challenge and opened the door for his competitors.

One of those waiting to pounce was Langer – aged 27 at the time – and, after a third round of 68 had put him in contention, he carefully navigated his way through the back nine to give himself a shot at glory.

The German began the turn for home with an unspectacular yet solid par on the tenth hole, but it was through Amen Corner where the possibility of a first Major Championship became a reality.

He recorded a sixth consecutive par on the 11th hole before shooting back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes to put himself right in the running.

After a par at the 14th hole, it was at the 15th hole where the momentum really swung in favour of the Bavarian.

Langer birdied the par five to join Strange in a share of the lead, before the American found the water for the second time in three holes and eventually holed out for a bogey.

The events on the 15th hole gave Langer the lead for the first time in the tournament and he increased the advantage to two strokes with yet another birdie on the 17th hole.

Two in front with one hole remaining, Langer was the clear favourite to become the latest in a long line of revered Masters Champions, but a bogey on the final hole gave Virginia native Strange the chance to have one more say in the destination of the Green Jacket.

As it transpired, Strange too bogeyed the final hole and was forced to settle for a tie for second place with Ballesteros and Ray Floyd, meaning it was Langer who received the Green Jacket from 1984 champion Ben Crenshaw.

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