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Wednesday, 04 April 2018
Bernhard Langer presented with his second Green Jacket by Fred Couples  (Getty Images)
Bernhard Langer presented with his second Green Jacket by Fred Couples (Getty Images)
After winning his first Masters Tournament in 1985, Bernhard Langer was at the forefront of world golf and after fellow Europeans Sandy Lyle, Sir Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam followed in his spikemarks, he would go on to add a second Green Jacket to his collection in 1993.

It was eight years on from his 1985 triumph and Langer joined an exclusive club by becoming only the 12th man to win multiple Masters.

Aged 36, Langer was nicely poised one shot behind the leaders after both the first round and the rain-affected second round, but it was on Saturday afternoon when the German hit the front.

Several groups – including Langer’s – had finished their second rounds on Saturday morning due to heavy rain the previous day, with the European Tour Member closing his with consecutive  pars on the 17th and 18th holes before embarking on his third round.

He went on to establish a four-shot lead by equalling the best round of the day with a 69, including five birdies, with American duo Chip Beck and Dan Forsman nearest rivals on five under par.

A bogey-birdie opening to his final round saw the German make the turn at level par with Forsman breathing down his neck after a three under par front nine.

However, after finding the water twice on the par three 12th hole, Forsman dropped down the leaderboard and Langer reclaimed his three shot lead with an eagle at the par five 13th hole..

Langer, as well as playing partner and nearest competitor Beck, posted match par fours at the  14th hole level before a birdie for the German and a par for the American on the 15th hole saw Langer extend his lead to four shots. He then made it five on the next hole as Beck could only register a bogey.

Despite a bogey on the 72nd hole – much like in his first Masters triumph – Langer ended the week on 11 under par, four shots ahead of second placed Beck and in doing so secured his second Green Jacket.

After coming from two shots behind at the beginning of the fourth round to win by two in 1985, one would assume that his first victory would be the German’s most-treasured. Wrong.

In an interview taking place since his second triumph, Langer says his 1993 win, which fell on Easter Sunday, was far more meaningful to him than his first victory ‘because I won as a Christian.’

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