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Bernhard Langer is the most successful professional golfer in Germany. He achieved his greatest successes in 1985 and 1993 when he won the US Masters twice. To this day, the 62-year-old is still on the senior tour, where he won the money nine times out of ten. By mid-2019 he had won 112 international golf tournaments. Bernhard Langer has been married since 1984 and has four children. Today he lives in Florida with his family.
Bernhard Langer was born in Anhausen, Bavaria, the son of a bricklayer. His mother was a housewife. Langer got into golf because he earned some money as a caddy at the nearby golf course in his hometown. That was the equivalent of 0.50 cents per hour back then. At that time, golf was more of a sport for the rich. A player gave the Bavarian, who grew up in rather modest circumstances, a pair of golf clubs. His parents were not enthusiastic when their son started an apprenticeship as a golf coach at the age of 15. In 1976 Langer finally became a golf teacher near Augsburg. Bernhard Langer is a very religious person, for whom faith gives “great inner peace”.
Langer started his extremely successful golf career at the age of 17. At that time he won his first professional tournament in Refrath. After that it only went up. In 1980, when he was only 23, he won one of his first major European tournaments. Five years later he was able to put on the green jacket for the first time at the US golf club in Augusta in the state of Georgia: he won the US Masters, which, alongside the US Open, the Open Championship in England and the PGA Championship in the USA, is one of the four most important golf tournaments belongs to the world. The second victory in Augusta followed in 1993. Equipped with lifelong playing rights in the US Masters, he made it to 8th place in Augusta again at the age of 56. To this day, Bernhard Langer is one of the most successful professional golfers of all time in the senior series.
The highlights of his professional golfing career can hardly be listed. In addition to the two major wins in Augusta, Bernhard Langer has won a major in the senior series 11 times so far. The last time was the Senior British Open in England in 2019 – at the age of 62. He was eight times PGA Tour Champions and Champions Tour Player of the Year. Langer became the first player to win the Senior Players Championship three times in a row. And by his own admission, he’s not thinking about quitting just yet. He told the sports information service in early October 2019: “I’ll definitely be playing tournament golf for the next few years.” He still enjoys golf and believes he can always improve.
In 2002 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Queen Elizabeth II of England appointed him “Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” in 2006. In Germany, Bernhard Langer has been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit and the Silver Laurel Leaf. The German Sports Aid Foundation awarded him the “Golden Sports Pyramid” for his life’s work, for his “sporting and entrepreneurial achievements and his social commitment”. The “Bernhard Langer Foundation” he founded in 2003 supports people in need. The “Langer Sport Marketing GmbH” he founded plans, organizes and carries out golf events. Since 1996 he has been designing and developing new golf courses worldwide with a team of architects, including in France, Mauritius, Japan and China.
“I would never have dreamed that I would get this far. My career borders on a miracle!”
“It’s hard to get cocky in golf. Everyone gets a bump from time to time. In a way, golf is the game of humility.”
“When I’m upset about a three-putt, I take a step back and remind myself that there are more important things in the world than golf.”
“I am in no way afraid of dying. Because I know I’m going to heaven, and there’s no pain there, life is a lot better there than here on earth.”
“Anhausen is still my home. That’s where I grew up and that’s where I still have friends. That’s why it’s still my home.”
tips for success
“Be determined! A wrong decision is usually less bad than indecisiveness.”
“The more I train, the happier I seem to be.”
“Faith is and has been very important in my life and especially in the last 35 years of my career. I don’t know how it would have gone without that support.”