Monday, 15 April 2019
Bernhard Langer  (Getty Images)
Bernhard Langer (Getty Images)

Bernhard Langer’s affinity for the  Masters Tournament shows no signs of waning, as he became the oldest player in the field to make the cut at Augusta National last week.

At the age of 61, the two-time Masters Champion made the weekend’s action after opening rounds of 71-72, replicating his weekend rounds from 2018. In his 36th appearance, Langer was the oldest competitor to make the cut as well as the only Staysure Tour member, as 1988 Masters Champion Sandy Lyle missed out by one shot.

His opening round of 71 was his 42nd under par round at Augusta, and following a poor end to his front nine on Friday, the German showed why he is one of the best golfers on the over-50s circuit, birdieing three of his final five holes, including the 18th, to finish in a share of 29th ahead of the weekend.

With the ten-time Senior Major winner 33 years older than Brooks Koepka, the youngest co-leader after round two, Langer knew accuracy would be key around Augusta, as he hit 25 of 28 fairways over the first two rounds.

“I'm 40 yards behind everybody,” he said. “If you hit it short you better hit it straight, right? Short and crooked is pretty bad.

“I'm hitting a four‑iron and they're hitting a nine‑iron. I would rather hit a nine‑iron and have a little less experience.”

The three-time Senior Open Presented by Rolex Champion did not have the weekend he was aiming for, recording rounds of 75-78, to finish tied 62nd. However, Langer will have his sights set on reclaiming the Senior Open Presented by Rolex at Royal Lytham and St Annes after Miguel Ángel Jiménez stopped the German defending his title last year.

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