Bernhard Langer Officially Ends European Tour Career in Native Germany

Bernhard Langer Retires European Tour
Bernhard Langer acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green following his round during day two of the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried on July 05, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin via Getty Images)

Bernhard Langer officially closed out his European tour career in Germany, 50 years after his debut.

The two-time Masters winner posted rounds of 71 and 73 to miss the cut by three shots at the BMW International Open in Munich.

“It’s hard to put into words. It’s kind of been a dream come true for me, growing up in a village of 800 people where nobody knew what golf was,” Langer said.

“When I told my classmates I’m going to go play golf, they thought I was crazy. I was able to live that dream for 50 years.”

Langer made his European tour debut in 1974 and played more than 500 events, winning 42 times, second only to the late Seve Ballesteros of Spain.

Bernhard Langer with Bob Hope during the Bob Hope British Classic at Moor Park Golf Club on September 26, 1981 in Rickmansworth, England. Photo by Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

“I was able to travel the world, meet with kings and queens, and play golf with all sorts of people, whether they’re successful businessmen or just the average butcher or bricklayer or whatever,” Langer said.

Langer, who tore an Achilles tendon while exercising earlier this season, continues to play on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and has won a record 12 majors.

Overall, the former world No.1 owns 123 career titles, headlined by the 1985 and 1993 Masters.

AP and wire reports contributed to this report.



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