Bernhard Langer will most likely not win the Masters on Sunday. He's 63 and hasn't made it to the top 10 since 2014.
Still, it wouldn't be a shock if Langer, who won in 1985 and 1993, made a strong show. He still plays at a high level on the PGA Tour Champions, and he knows the course, Augusta National Golf Club, like everyone else.
Since qualifying in 2007, Langer has had 41 victories on the senior circuit, four behind the leader, Hale Irwin.
Langer, the former No. 1 player in the world, recently reflected on his long career, including the 6-foot putt he missed on the last hole that allowed him the United States to win the Ryder Cup in 1991. to conquer.
The following conversation has been edited and condensed.
Will Augusta National play differently in November than in April?
I have a feeling it will get colder and probably very wet, making it play much longer and softer. It will play into the hands of the long hitters.
What do you consider a good show?
Considering how long it's going to play, making the cut would be a good show as I'm going to be one of the smaller hitters even on the Champions tour.
Of your two Masters victories, is there one you prefer over the other?
The first was very special because it was the first, and I beat some very good players. I beat Seve Ballesteros, Raymond Floyd and Curtis Strange, all established competitors. The second, I played some of my best golf ever that week.
Any disappointment that you didn't win any other majors?
Yes, especially the British Open. I had countless opportunities to win the Open, and I felt I should have. I just didn't put that well or somehow screwed up, or maybe someone else played better. I thought I had the game to win on a links course.
Was it putting your Achilles & # 39 ;?
There were times when my wells were good, but there were many years when my wells held me back. In 1984, when Seve [the British Open] won at St. Andrews, I felt like I had played him from tee to green with several shots, but he ended up winning with two. Seve putted so much better than me. [The putter] is ultimately the most important club in the bag.
At this point in your life, do you feel that you can get even better?
Absolute. I can improve in just about any area except getting taller. That's probably not going to happen. I can be more accurate. I can think better. I can prepare better. My short game can certainly get better.
How do you stay motivated?
I've never struggled with that. Maybe it's my upbringing. Whatever I do, I do my best. If I can't get motivated, I better stay home and do something else.
Is it a big deal for you to outdo Hale Irwin?
I don't think much about it. It's not necessarily a goal of mine. My goal is to be the best I can be, and if I can I think I'm going to win tournaments, even if it's getting harder and harder as these young guys come out.
Why were you so good with the missed putt in the 1991 Ryder Cup?
First of all, my belief in God put it all in perspective, that it's just a game, and it's not life and death. Second, I knew in my heart that I had hit a really good putt, and I made some really good putts to put myself in that position.
You have lived in the United States for about 35 years. years. Are you more American than German?
I married an American. I raised four children here. We spend all our time here. Here we pay our taxes. This has become a home, no doubt about it. On the other hand, there is still something in me that is and always will be German. I never thought I'd end up in Boca Raton, Fla from a village of 800 inhabitants in Bavaria.