Clean sweep of Senior Majors
Langer swings into golf history books
Bernhard Langer made history at the KitchenAid Senior USPGA Championship as he became the first golfer to win all five Senior Major Championships in their career.
The two-time Masters champion went toe-to-toe with fellow-Green Jacket winner Vijay Singh in the final round at Trump National Golf Club, Washington DC, and prevailed after a tense finale.
With his two-shot victory, Langer equalled Gary Player’s record of nine Senior Majors, which he set in 1990, just one week after matching Jack Nicklaus’s eight Senior Major titles with his win at the Regions Tradition.
“Coming here I knew my game was in pretty good shape after winning by five shots last week,” said Langer. “But, truly, I didn’t expect to pull it off again.
“It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for me, and hopefully this is encouraging for the older people that are my age that they can still improve their game, that they can still play good golf and get better even in their late 50s or early 60s.
“It means a great deal to win two Majors at age 59. I’m not sure many people have done that. So I’m excited about where my game is at this point and I’m looking forward to hopefully a couple more good years and then we’ll see where it takes me.
“I look at exceptional players like Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, Bob Charles and Gary Player, those guys have lasted longer than most. I’m trying to be a part of that group, so far I’m doing well, but the future will tell where that goes.”
A closing round of two-under-par 70 saw Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie finish in a tie for 17th place, 14 shots behind Langer.