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Bernhard Langer (born 27 August 1957) is a Germanmarker professional golfer. He is a two time Mastersmarker champion, and was one of the world's leading golfers throughout the 1980s and 90s, being the first official number one ranked player in 1986.

Life and work

Langer was born in Anhausenmarker near Augsburgmarker, Bavariamarker, Germanymarker. He turned professional in 1976 and has won many events in Europe and the United Statesmarker, among them The Mastersmarker in 1985 and 1993. He was the inaugural World Number 1 when the Official World Golf Rankings were introduced in 1986, and he became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. He ranks second in career wins on the European Tour, with forty and has also played regularly on the U.S. based PGA Tour, especially in the late 1980s and since 2000. He has shown great durability, finishing in a tie for fifth at The Open Championship the month before his forty-eighth birthday and regaining a place in the top hundred of the rankings three months before his fiftieth birthday. He played on 10 Ryder Cup teams (1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2002) and was non-playing captain of the victorious European team in 2004.

Through much of his career, Langer has battled the "yips", a term used to denote a strong tendency to flinch or twitch during putting . He has changed his grip on the putter numerous times in an attempt to cure this problem; while he has been mostly successful, this tendency has colored his career. Langer is remembered nearly as much for one particular missed putt as he is for his titles. In the 1991 Ryder Cup, Langer missed a five-foot putt that would have tied the Ryder Cup and allowed the European team to retain the trophy.

Langer has been married to his Americanmarker wife Vikki Carol since 1984. They have four children: Jackie, Stefan, Christina, and Jason. They maintain homes in Langer's birthplace of Anhausen and in Boca Raton, Floridamarker. Langer is known to be a devout Christian.

In 2006, in recognition of his contribution to the sport of golf, Langer was appointed as an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Professional wins (78)

European Tour wins (42)

Legend
Major Championships (2)
Other European Tour (40)


No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Oct 1980 Dunlop Masters -14 (70-65-67-68=270) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|SCO}} [[Brian Barnes (golfer)|Brian Barnes]] |- |2 |2 Aug 1981 |[[German Open (golf)|German Open]] |-12 (67-69-64-72=272) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Tony Jacklin]] |- |3 |27 Sep 1981 |[[Bob Hope British Classic]] |-16 (67-65-68=200) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Peter Oosterhuis]] |- |4 |1 Aug 1982 |[[Lufthansa German Open]] |-9 (73-71-69-66=279) |Playoff |{{flagicon|SCO}} [[Bill Longmuir]] |- |5 |1 May 1983 |[[Italian Open (golf)|Italian Open]] |-17 (67-69-67-68=271) |Playoff |{{flagicon|ESP}} [[Seve Ballesteros]], {{flagicon|SCO}} [[Ken Brown (golfer)|Ken Brown]] |- |6 |26 Jun 1983 |[[Glasgow Golf Classic]] |-6 (70-66-66-72=274) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|ARG}} [[Vicente Fernandez (golfer)|Vicente Fernández]] |- |7 |18 Sep 1983 |[[St. Mellion Timeshare TPC]] |-11 (69-68-66-66=269) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Paul Way]] |- |8 |20 May 1984 |[[Peugeot Open de France]] |-18 (68-71-67-64=270) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|ESP}} [[José Rivero]] |- |9 |19 Jul 1984 |[[KLM Dutch Open]] |-13 (64-68-69=74=275) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|AUS}} [[Graham Marsh]] |- |10 |5 Aug 1984 |[[Carroll's Irish Open]] |-21 (68-66-67-66=267) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Mark James (golfer)|Mark James]] |- |11 |14 Oct 1984 |[[Benson & Hedges Spanish Open]] |-13 (73-68-72-62=275) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Howard Clark (golfer)|Howard Clark]] |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |12 |14 Apr 1985 |'''[[Masters Tournament|The Masters]]''' |-6 (72-74-68-68=282) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|ESP}} Seve Ballesteros, {{flagicon|USA}} [[Raymond Floyd]],
{{flagicon|USA}} [[Curtis Strange]] |- |13 |24 Aug 1985 |[[Lufthansa German Open]] |-27 (61-60-62=183) |7 strokes |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Michael McLean (golfer)|Michael McLean]], {{flagicon|ZWE}} [[Mark McNulty]] |- |14 |1 Sep 1985 |[[Panasonic European Open]] |-11 (66-72-64-67=269) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|IRL}} [[John O'Leary (golfer)|John O'Leary]] |- |15 |31 Aug 1986 |[[German Open (golf)|German Open]] |-15 (75-65-66-67=273) |Playoff |{{flagicon|AUS}} [[Rodger Davis]] |- |16 |19 Oct 1986 |[[Lancome Trophy]] |-14 (67-69-68-70=274) |Playoff |{{flagicon|ESP}} Seve Ballesteros |- |17 |25 May 1987 |[[Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship]] |-18 (66-69-68-67=270) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|ESP}} Seve Ballesteros |- |18 |5 Jul 1986 |[[Carroll's Irish Open]] |-19 (67-68-66-68=269) |10 strokes |{{flagicon|SCO}} [[Sandy Lyle]] |- |19 |8 May 1988 |[[Epson Grand Prix of Europe]] |colspan=2 align=center| 4 & 3 |{{flagicon|ZWE}} Mark McNulty |- |20 |30 Apr 1989 |[[Peugeot Spanish Open]] |-7 (70-72-67-72=281) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|ESP}} [[José Maria Cañizares]], {{flagicon|ENG}} [[Paul Carrigill]] |- |21 |8 Oct 1989 |[[German Masters]] |-12 (67-71-70-68=276) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|ESP}} [[José María Olazábal]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Payne Stewart]] |- |22 |22 Apr 1990 |[[Cepsa Madrid Open]] |-18 (70-67-66-67=270) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|AUS}} Rodger Davis |- |23 |14 Oct 1990 |[[Austrian Open (golf)|Austrian Open]] |-17 (65-66-72-68=271) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Lanny Wadkins]] |- |24 |21 Apr 1991 |[[Benson & Hedges International Open]] |-2 (73-68-75-70=286) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|FJI}} [[Vijay Singh]] |- |25 |6 Oct 1991 |[[Mercedes German Masters]] |-13 (68-72-67-68=275) |Playoff |{{flagicon|AUS}} Rodger Davis |- |26 |26 Jul 1992 |[[Heineken Dutch Open]] |-11 (68-68-69-72=277) |Playoff |{{flagicon|SCO}} [[Gordon Brand Jnr]] |- |27 |11 Oct 1992 |[[Honda Open]] |-15 (69-65-70-69=273) |3 strokes |{{flagicon|NIR}} [[Darren Clarke]] |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |28 |11 Apr 1993 |'''[[Masters Tournament|The Masters]]''' |-11 (68-70-69-70=277) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Chip Beck]] |- |29 |31 May 1993 |[[Volvo PGA Championship]] |-14 (70-69-67-68=274) |6 strokes |{{flagicon|SCO}} Gordon Brand Jnr, {{flagicon|SCO}} [[Colin Montgomerie]],
{{flagicon|NZL}} [[Frank Nobilo]] |- |30 |29 Aug 1993 |[[Volvo German Open]] |-19 (65-68-70-66=269) |5 strokes |{{flagicon|AUS}} [[Robert Allenby]], {{flagicon|ENG}} [[Peter Baker (golfer)|Peter Baker]] |- |31 |3 Jul 1994 |[[Murphy's Irish Open]] |-13 (70-68-70-67=275) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|AUS}} Robert Allenby, {{flagicon|USA}} [[John Daly (golfer)|John Daly]] |- |32 |30 Oct 1994 |[[Volvo Masters]] |-8 (71-62-73-70=276) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|ESP}} Seve Ballesteros, {{flagicon|FJI}} Vijay Singh |- |33 |29 May 1995 |[[Volvo PGA Championship]] |-9 (67-73-68-71=279) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|NZL}} [[Michael Campbell]], {{flagicon|SWE}} [[Per-Ulrik Johansson]] |- |34 |11 Jun 1995 |[[Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe]] |-18 (67-66-68-69=270) |6 strokes |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Jamie Spence]] |- |35 |1 Oct 1995 |[[Smurfit European Open]] |-8 (74-70-68-68=280) |Playoff |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Barry Lane]] |- |36 |4 May 1997 |[[Conte Of Florence Italian Open]] |-15 (71-69-69-64=273) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|ESP}} José María Olazábal |- |37 |11 May 1997 |[[Benson & Hedges International Open]] |-12 (70-66-71-69=276) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|WAL}} [[Ian Woosnam]] |- |38 |10 Aug 1997 |[[Czech Open (golf)|Chemapol Trophy Czech Open]] |-20 (70-67-64-63=264) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|SWE}} [[Niclas Fasth]], {{flagicon|ESP}} [[Ignacio Garrido]],
{{flagicon|ESP}} [[Miguel Ángel Jiménez]] |- |39 |5 Oct 1997 |[[Linde German Masters]] |-21 (68-69-60-70=267) |6 strokes |{{flagicon|SCO}} Colin Montgomerie |- |40 |29 Jul 2001 |[[The TNT Open]] |-15 (69-67-67-66=269) |Playoff |{{flagicon|ENG}} [[Warren Bennett]] |- |41 |7 Oct 2001 |[[Linde German Masters]] |-22 (67-64-68-67=266) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} John Daly, {{flagicon|SWE}} [[Fredrik Jacobson]] |- |42 |10 Nov 2002 |[[Volvo Masters Andalucia]] |-3 (71-71-72-67=281) |Shared* |{{flagicon|SCO}} Colin Montgomerie |} *Langer and Montgomerie agreed to share the 2002 Volvo Masters Andalucia after failing light caused play to halt after 2 holes of a playoff. ===PGA Tour wins (3)=== {| width=53% | valign=top width=33% align=left | {| class="wikitable" style="font-size:95%;" |- bgcolor="#eeeeee" |'''Legend''' |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |Major Championships (2) |- bgcolor= |Other PGA Tour (1) |} |} {| class="wikitable" style="font-size:95%;" !No. !Date !Tournament !Winning Score !Margin of Victory !Runner(s)-up |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |1 |14 Apr [[1985 PGA Tour|1985]] |'''[[1985 Masters Tournament|The Masters]]''' |-6 (72-74-68-68=282) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|ESP}} [[Seve Ballesteros]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Raymond Floyd]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Curtis Strange]] |- |2 |21 Apr [[1985 PGA Tour|1985]] |[[Sea Pines Heritage]] |-11 (68-66-69-70=273) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Bobby Wadkins]] |-bgcolor="#e5d1cb" |3 |11 Apr [[1993 PGA Tour|1993]] |'''[[1993 Masters Tournament|The Masters]]''' |-11 (68-70-69-70=277) |4 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Chip Beck]] |} ===Other wins (26)=== *1974 German National Open Championship (as an amateur) *1975 German National Open Championship *1977 German National Open Championship *1979 German National Open Championship, Cacharel Under-25s Championship (by 17 strokes) *1980 [[Colombian Open]] *1983 [[Casio World Open]] ([[Japan Golf Tour]]), Johnnie Walker Tournament *1984 German National Open Championship *1985 [[Australian Masters]], German National Open Championship, [[Nedbank Golf Challenge|Million Dollar Challenge]] (South Africa) *1986 German National Open Championship *1987 German National Open Championship *1988 German National Open Championship *1989 German National Open Championship *1990 German National Open Championship *1991 German National Open Championship, [[Hong Kong Open (golf)|Hong Kong Open]], [[Nedbank Golf Challenge|Sun City Million Dollar Challenge]] (South Africa) *1992 German National Open Championship *1996 Alfred Dunhill Masters (Hong Kong) *1997 [[Argentine Masters]] *2005 [[MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge]] (with son Stefan) *2006 [[Del Webb Father/Son Challenge]] (with son Stefan), [[WGC-World Cup]] (with [[Marcel Siem]]) Note: the German National Open Championship is a different event from the German Open listed five times in the European Tour wins section. That event was open to all comers, German and non-German. The German ''National'' Open Championship is "open" to German golfers whether they are amateur or professional. ===Champions Tour wins (8)=== {| class="wikitable" style="font-size:95%;" !No. !Date !Tournament !Winning Score !Margin of
Victory !Runner(s)-up |- |1 |14 Oct [[2007 Champions Tour|2007]] |[[Administaff Small Business Classic]] |-25 (62-65-64=191) |8 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Mark O'Meara]] |- |2 |7 Mar [[2008 Champions Tour|2008]] |[[Toshiba Classic (golf)|Toshiba Classic]] |-14 (65-65-69=199) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jay Haas]] |- |3 |30 Mar [[2008 Champions Tour|2008]] |[[Ginn Championship Hammock Beach Resort]] |-12 (67-66-71=204) |8 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Lonnie Nielsen]], {{flagicon|USA}} [[Tim Simpson]] |- |4 |19 Oct [[2008 Champions Tour|2008]] |[[Administaff Small Business Classic]] |-12 (68-67-69=204) |2 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Lonnie Nielsen]] |- |5 |25 Jan [[2009 Champions Tour|2009]] |[[Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai]] |-18 (64-66-68=198) |1 stroke |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Andy Bean]] |- |6 |26 Apr [[2009 Champions Tour|2009]] |[[Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf]] (with [[Tom Lehman]]) |-27 (61-66-62=189) |Playoff |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Jeff Sluman]] and {{flagicon|USA}} [[Craig Stadler]] |- |7 |7 Jun [[2009 Champions Tour|2009]] |[[Triton Financial Classic]] |-15 (65-69-67=201) |6 strokes |{{flagicon|USA}} [[Mark O'Meara]] |- |8 |12 July [[2009 Champions Tour|2009]] |[[3M Championship]] |-16 (67-68-65=200)
1 stroke Andy Bean


European Seniors Tour (1)



Major championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1985 The Mastersmarker 2 shot deficit -6 (72-74-68-68=282) 2 strokes Seve Ballesteros, Raymond Floyd, Curtis Strange
1993 The Mastersmarker (2) 4 shot lead -11 (68-70-69-70=277) 4 strokes Chip Beck


Results timeline

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Mastersmarker DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP


Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Mastersmarker DNP DNP CUT DNP T31 1 T16 T7 T9 T26
U.S. Open DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT T8 T4 CUT T59
The Open Championship T51 2 T13 T56 T2 T3 T3 T17 69 80
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T32 CUT T21 CUT T61


Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Mastersmarker T7 T32 T31 1 T25 T31 T36 T7 T39 T11
U.S. Open CUT CUT T23 CUT T23 T36 DQ CUT CUT DNP
The Open Championship T48 T9 T59 3 T60 T24 WD T38 CUT T18
PGA Championship CUT CUT T40 CUT T25 DNP 76 T23 DNP T61


Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Mastersmarker T28 T6 T32 CUT T4 T20 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT T40 T35 T42 DNP T33 DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T11 T3 T28 CUT DNP T5 CUT DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T46 CUT T23 T57 T66 T47 CUT DNP DNP DNP


DNP = Did not play

WD = Withdrew

DQ = Disqualified

CUT = missed the half way cut

"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Champions Tour major results

Tournament 2007 2008 2009
Senior PGA Championship DNP 2 T17
Senior British Open Championship DNP 4 4
U.S. Senior Open DNP T6 T22
The Tradition DNP T7 T17
Senior Players Championship T13 T7 T5


DNP = Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut

"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Green background for a win. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances



See also



References

  1. James Wagner - Are the yips more than something in the head?


External links




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