“The odds were against me”
Bernhard Langer gets record victory
7/3/2023 6:19 am
Bernhard Langer is writing golf history at the age of 65: Germany’s golf idol wins the US Senior Open and is now more successful on the tour than any other player before him. Langer himself knows: “The odds were definitely against me”. The competition applauds.
Germany’s golf idol Bernhard Langer has crowned himself the most successful player in the history of the US Seniors Tour with his 46th victory. The 65-year-old from Anhausen won the title at the US Senior Open and is now the sole record holder for the over-50s. The Masters winner in 1985 and 1993 trumped golf legend Hale Irwin, the American was able to win 45 tournaments on the US seniors tour in his career.
Langer won the major tournament in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, thanks to a final round of 70 with a total of 277 shots ahead of Americans Steve Stricker (279 shots) and Jerry Kelly (280). “It’s a great feeling. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m very, very happy. I never thought it would happen at the US Senior Open,” said the new sole record holder. “It’s certainly one of the biggest tournaments we’ve ever been in and to beat that field where everyone has been here, especially Stricker and Kelly on their home pitch, is a very special feeling. I’m very grateful.” Florida resident Langer has been the superstar on the US seniors tour for 16 years. The veteran has so far earned more than 34 million US dollars in prize money among the over-50s.
“He can retire”
There was great recognition from the competition: “I’m proud of the way I fought again, but as a really good friend of Bernhard’s, to have a front row seat at 45 and 46 was special.” said the narrowly beaten Kelly. And added with a wink: “He can now retire.”
Whether the wishes of the losers will be answered is unlikely for the time being, Langer is still in top form. “I’ve won more majors on this tour than anyone else, even Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, you name them all, that’s incredible,” Langer said. “And now, at almost 66, there’s another one coming in. My caddy just told me that the average age of US Senior Open winners is 52, and here I am 66. So the odds were definitely against me, but I don’t always stick to the odds and what’s on paper.”
Alex Cejka also showed a strong performance on the par 71 course. The 52-year-old German finished tied for ninth place at the $4 million event, seven strokes behind Langer.