TULSA, Oklahoma – Phil Mickelson received common golf popularity of his ‘victory for the ages,’ capturing the PGA Championship at age 50, however golf’s true ageless wonder, Bernhard Langer, may solely smile when requested what he thought of Mickelson’s feat at greater than a decade his senior.
“I’m happy for him, of course, but I’m smiling because I’ve been saying for 12 years somebody from the senior tour would win a major championship. It was just a matter of time before it would happen and I’m thrilled it finally did.”
Langer definitely counts himself amongst a gaggle of contenders for the second senior main of the 12 months, the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, at historic Southern Hill Country Club, which begins Thursday on the website of previous U.S Opens and PGA Championships. It can even host the 2022 PGA Championship.
The 72-hole match, with a complete purse of $3.5 million, contains names Langer battled recurrently on the PGA Tour: Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, John Daly and Vijay Singh. Langer is glad to renew the battle.
“I still love the game of golf,” he stated. “I love to compete and when I don’t, it’s time to leave, but that time has not come yet. I still feel very competitive with these guys and I look forward to the week.”
Name an age-related report for skilled golfers 50 and older and its doubtless Langer both owns it or is quickly closing in:
Most years in a row with a win on PGA Champions Tour
Senior tour profession grand slam
Most senior cash received
Oldest participant to make 36-hole reduce at Masters Tournament
In the class of most professional wins ever for a golfer 50-and-older, Langer solely trails Hale Irwin—by 4—however as he likes to say, it’s most likely solely a matter of time.
Langer works tougher and smarter to get ready for his week on the Senior PGA in Southern Hills. He arrived on the membership at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, pulling into his assigned spot, 1-A, after getting his conventional eight hours of sleep in a close-by resort.
“I was never a smoker or a drinker or a partier,” he stated. “Other guys would be out to 2 a.m., and then have an 8 a.m. tee time. I always make sure and get plenty of sleep before I play.”
After a 10-hole follow spherical, his second of the week after a Tuesday pro-am, he had a light-weight lunch, then he frolicked within the health trailer stretching and dealing by means of his full vary of movement.
“I’m maybe 5 pounds heavier now (163) than when I won the 1993 Masters,” he famous.
How lengthy is simply too lengthy preserve taking part in? Consider that his mother is 97 and remains to be energetic. He requested Masters Chairman Fred Ridley the exact same query earlier than the 2020 Masters.
“He said that as long as we can stand upright and play golf, we are welcome to play,” Langer stated.
Which means golf’s true ageless wonder will carry on going.