- Birthplace: Anhausen, Germany
- Residence: Boca Raton, FL
- Birth Date: 08/27/1957
- Age: 52
- Height: 5-9
- Eligibility Code: 3, 8, 10, 20
- Turned Pro: 1972
PGA TOUR Victories
1985,Masters Tournament, Sea Pines Heritage. 1993,Masters Tournament.
(1): 2008 Casa Serena Open.
(58): 1974 German National Open Championship [Am]. 1977 German National Open Championship. 1979 German National Open Championship. 1980 Dunlop Masters, Colombian Open. 1981 German National Open Championship, Bob Hope British Classic. 1982 Lufthansa German Open. 1983 Italian Open, Glasgow Golf Classic, St. Mellion Timeshare TPC, Casio World Open [Jpn]. 1984 Peugeot Open de France, KLM Dutch Open, Carroll's Irish Open, Benson & Hedges Spanish Open, German National Open Championship. 1985 Lufthansa German Open, Panasonic European Open, Australian Masters [Aus], German National Open Championship. 1986 German Open, Lancome Trophy, German National Open Championship. 1987 Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship, Carroll's Irish Open, German National Open Championship. 1988 Epson Grand Prix of Europe, German National Open Championship. 1989 Peugeot Spanish Open, German Masters, German National Open Championship. 1990 Cepsa Madrid Open, Austrian Open, German National Open Championship, World Cup [with Torsten Gideon]. 1991 Benson & Hedges International Open, Mercedes German Masters, German National Open Championship, Hong Kong Open. 1992 Heineken Dutch Open, Honda Open, German National Open Championship. 1993 Volvo PGA Championship, Volvo German Open, World Cup [indiv]. 1994 Murphy's Irish Open, Volvo Masters. 1995 Volvo PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe, Smurfit European Open. 1996 Alfred Dunhill Masters. 1997 Conte Of Florence Italian Open, Benson & Hedges International Open, Chemapol Trophy Czech Open, Linde German Masters, Argentinian Masters [SA]. 2001 The TNT Open [Eur], Linde German Masters. 2002 Volvo Masters [Eur/shared with Colin Montgomerie]. 2005 mbna worldpoints Father-Son Challenge [with Stefan]. 2006 Del Webb Father-Son Challenge [with Stefan], World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup [with Marcel Siem].
2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2010 Champions Tour Best Finishes
Allianz Championship. 1--
Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. T4--
The ACE Group Classic, The Cap Cana Championship, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. T9--
Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
PGA TOUR Best Round
71 at Round 1, Masters Tournament.
Champions Tour Highlights
First of two wins in 2010 came in dramatic fashion at the Allianz Championship. After making a short birdie putt on the last hole of regulation to tie John Cook, holed a dramatic 45-foot bunker shot from a plugged lie for an eagle on the first playoff hole for the victory in front of his adopted hometown fans in Boca Raton. Victory was first on the Champions Tour since July 2009 and ended a drought of 10 appearances without a title...Second victory came near Tampa at the rain-shortened Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. His 6-iron shot to five feet and subsequent birdie putt on No. 18 proved to be the difference when play was canceled Sunday due to heavy rains during the morning. Birdie on the final hole Saturday gave him a one-stroke win over Mark O'Meara and Mike Reid...The following week teamed with Tom Lehman to finish T4 in defense of their title at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Prior to first win of the year in Boca Raton, finished T4 at The ACE Group Classic, in Naples thanks to an impressive 6-under-par 66 in windy conditions in the second round...Also shot rounds of 65-67 on the weekend at The Cap Cana Championship and finished T4 in Dominican Republic event...Opened season with a T9 in defense of his Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. Carded three straight rounds of 68 on the Big Island...Missed the cut at the Masters after carding rounds of 71-78 at Augusta National.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Masters Tournament, Sea Pines Heritage, Masters Tournament.
2009: Won his second consecutive Arnold Palmer Award as the leading money-winner and also picked up his second straight Byron Nelson Award for the lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour (68.92). It was the lowest mark since Tom Watson has a 68.81 in 2003...His 15 top-10 finishes and 68.32 final-round scoring average led all players in those categories...Went wire-to-wire in the money race after getting his year off to a fast start with a win at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, his fifth Champions Tour career title in just his 26th start. Started the final round one stroke behind Brad Bryant and held off a late charge by eventual runner-up Andy Bean for his one-shot win...Captured a second title in April when he and teammate Tom Lehman captured a two-hole playoff victory over the team of Jeff Sluman/Craig Stadler. Drained a 45-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole only to have Stadler match it moments later. However, Lehman ended the playoff with a par on the second extra hole in Savannah...Became the first player to go over the $1-million mark for the season when he ran away from the field at the Triton Financial Classic. His six-stroke, wire-to-wire victory, his third of the year, was the largest winning margin in tournament history and his 54-hole total of 15-under-par 201 tied the tournament mark set in 2007 by Scott Hoch. The win was his third in Texas on the Champions Tour...Continued his stellar play in his next start on the Champions Tour. Sank a 20-foot eagle chip on the final hole to claim the 3M Championship by one stroke over Bean at TPC Twin Cities in July. In the process, he became the first player to win an event with an eagle on the final hole since Loren Roberts at the 2006 Turtle Bay Championship...Competed at the BMW International Open on the European Tour in late June and turned in a strong performance. Was second to Retief Goosen after 54 holes but closed with an even-par 72 to eventually T9 in Germany in an event won by Nick Dougherty. It was his first top-10 finish on that Tour since he was T3 at the 2007 KLM Open in the Netherlands...Competed in a second European Tour event in September when he took a hiatus from the Champions Tour and finished T23 at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Cologne. The following week was T5 in defense of his title at the Casa Serena Open in Prague on the European Seniors Tour...Selected as the Champions Tour Player of the Month for January/February and again in June...Finished fourth in the final Charles Schwab Cup race. 2008: Was a major force in his first full season on the Champions Tour and was the only player to finish among the top 10 in all five senior majors...Won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Champions Tour's leading money winner, with $2,035,073 and narrowly earned the Byron Nelson Award as the scoring leader over Jay Haas. Finished with a 69.65 to 69.66 for Haas...Finished third in the Charles Schwab Cup race, only 96 points behind Haas and went on to earn Player of the Year honors...Tied for second in top-10 finishes with Haas, one shy of John Cook's Champions Tour's best 15...Named the Player of the Month in March as a result of a pair of victories and a T5 run during the month. First battled Haas over the course of seven playoff holes to claim the Toshiba Classic title. Started the final round with a three-stroke lead but had to hole a 12-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole to get into a playoff with Haas. After the pair traded punches for six holes, he emerged with his second Champions Tour title with a tap-in birdie on the seventh hole to end Haas' bid to defend his 2007 title...Claimed a second title two starts later when he steamrolled the field at The Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach. Led by two strokes after 36 holes and cruised to an easy victory in northern Florida with a final-round 71 in windy conditions, one of just three Sunday rounds under par on the Ocean Course. His $375,000 check at the Ginn event was his largest on the Champions Tour and third career title on the circuit matched his entire PGA TOUR career victory total...Added a third crown to his resume when he prevailed by two strokes over Lonnie Nielsen at the Administaff Small Business Classic in October. Trailed Nielsen by one stroke after nine holes in the final round but birdied Nos. 11, 13 and 14 to grab the lead and never relinquished it as he successfully defended his title near Houston. Victory moved him back atop the money list...Was the third-round leader at the Senior PGA Championship, but final-round 76 at Oak Hill left him in second place, one stroke short of Haas...Also a distant second along with Gary Hallberg at the 3M Championship, six strokes back of R.W. Eaks...Started the season with a T3 at the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, thanks to a final-round 65...Was the 36-hole co-leader at the JELD-WEN Tradition before eventually finishing T7 in Oregon...A T7 again at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship made him the only player on the Champions Tour to finish among the top 10 in all five major championships on the circuit...Went over the $1-million mark at the Regions Charity Classic (T5), his 10th start, the first player in 2008 to hit seven-figures...Contended for much of THE PLAYERS Championship in May. Trailed by just one stroke after 36 holes following a second-round, 5-under-par 67. He was T4, three strokes back after 54 holes. However, a closing-round, 5-over-par 77 in Sunday's windy conditions left him T15...Had a strong showing at the Senior British Open in late July at Royal Troon, where he was in contention throughout before slipping to fourth place overall following bogeys on the final two holes Sunday...Made a 40-foot birdie putt on the last hole of the U.S. Senior Open to post a final-round 66, the best score of the day, and jump into a T6 at The Broadmoor...Finished T37 in the BMW International Open in June on the European Tour...Claimed the inaugural Casa Serena Open on the European Seniors Tour in September in Prague, where he bested Ian Woosnam by three strokes...One week later, was T58 at the Mercedes-Benz Championship on the European Tour. 2007: Dominated the field at the Administaff Small Business Classic near Houston, earning his first Champions Tour title in his fourth start on the circuit. Opened the event with a course-record, 10-under 62 at Augusta Pines and eventually equaled the all-time Champions Tour 54-hole scoring mark of 25-under 191 (Loren Roberts, 2006 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai; Bruce Fleisher, 2002 RJR Championship). Eight-stroke triumph over Mark O'Meara was the second-largest victory margin of the season...Debuted on the Champions Tour at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and T10...Also closed with a final-round 66 at the SAS Championship, the lowest Sunday round, to move into a T11 near Raleigh...Had a nice year on the PGA TOUR...Opened with a 4-under 66 at The Honda Classic en route to a T10 finish...Posted four rounds under par to finish T9 at the Shell Houston Open...Finished T10 at the Wachovia Championship, thanks to a final-round 69, which tied the low round of the day...Best finish since the 2001 FedEx St. Jude Classic (second) came in late May after firing four rounds in the 60s at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to force a playoff with Rory Sabbatini and Jim Furyk. Missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to finish T2 with Furyk after Sabbatini made a 15-footer. The finish came just three months shy of his 50th birthday...Also made three starts on the European Tour and finished among the top three in two events. Was T3 at the BMW International Open in June and then T2 at the KLM Open in the Netherlands in August, where he was joined in the field by his son, Stefan...Played in the Mercedes Benz Championship in Germany in September and was T27...Recorded a hole-in-one in the third round at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, his first PGA TOUR ace.
To combat putting yips, has used a variety of putting grips, most recently utilizing a long putter that he began using at the end of the 1996 season...Father settled in Bavaria after jumping a Russian prisoner-of-war train bound for Siberia...Developed fever cramps several times as a child (ages 2-5) and nearly died as a result...Took up golf at age 7 through caddying and turned pro at 15...Developed back problems when he was 19, during an 18-month stint as a member of the German Air Force. Marching with 30-pound pack and rifle led to two stress fractures and bulging discs...Devout Christian, helped organize the regular meetings of the European Tour Bible Class...Web site is bernhardlanger.de...Started skiing at age 4 and would say he's a "scratch skier."...Also enjoys driving fast cars...Conducts an annual charity event for Youth for Christ. Event has raised $140,000...Favorite courses are Cypress Point and Augusta National...Dream foursome would include Lee Trevino, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson...Admires Mother Teresa...Best tip he ever received is to pay attention to fundamentals...Favorite book is The Bible...Top athlete is Bjorn Borg...First job was as a teaching professional.
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