Boca Raton, FL
- Birthplace: Anhausen, Germany
- Residence: Boca Raton, FL
- Age: 54
- 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 [tie, 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].
2012 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes
ACE Group Classic. T2--
Toshiba Classic. T3--
Allianz Championship. T4--
Insperity Championship presented by United Healthcare. 5--
Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay. T9--
Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.
PGA TOUR Best Round
72 at Round 1, Masters Tournament.
Champions Tour Highlights
Finished a distant second to Kenny Perry in defense of his ACE Group Classic title. Started with 66-65 but was five back of Perry through 36 holes at TwinEagles. Eventually moved into the runner-up slot with steady play Sunday when breezes were taking their toll on the contenders. Eagled the par-5 17th hole all three days, a three-eagle first on the Champions Tour since the 2010 Boeing Classic (Dave Rummells, No. 1 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge)...Was one of three players to T2 behind Loren Roberts at the Toshiba Classic. Shared the first-round lead after a 6-under-par 65 and trailed by three after two rounds. Despite a birdie on the 54th hole, saw his chances disappear when he made a double bogey at No. 17...Shot a final-round 69 at The Woodlands CC to finish T4 at the Insperity Championship...Returned to the Masters for the first time in two years after missing the 2011 event due to his thumb injury but missed the cut.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Masters Tournament, Sea Pines Heritage, Masters Tournament.
2011 Season Highlights
Made a run at a second title in three years at the Allianz Championship but fell one stroke shy of the playoff between Peter Senior and eventual winner Corey Pavin. Started the final round just one stroke off the pace, but four bogeys in the final round were his undoing as he finished T3.
2011: Made just 14 Champions Tour appearances due to a left-thumb surgery that kept him out of action from late March until mid-June. Underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal joint on his left thumb on March 23 after suffering an injury in a freak biking accident in the off-season prior to the start of the 2011 campaign. Returned to competition on the European Senior Tour at the Berenberg Bank Masters and finished T11...Highlight of his year came in his third start as he played through pain to win The ACE Group Classic. His 20-under-par 196 total at The Quarry in Naples was four strokes better than Fred Funk and was also a tournament record. Victory in Naples was the 14th title of his Champions Tour career...In late January, teamed with Mark O'Meara to finish second in the Kaanapali Champions Skins Game. Duo enjoyed lead after the first day, but ended up $10,000 back of Jack Nicklaus-Tom Watson with seven skins and $300,000 total...Managed to record a pair of top-10 performances in major championships. Posted four straight sub-par scores at Inverness and finished T9 in defense of his U.S. Senior Open title. Also shot the lowest 36-hole score on the weekend (66-67) at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and finished T6 at Westchester CC...Made his first appearance in the British Open since 2006 by virtue of his victory in the 2010 Senior British Open but missed the cut after carding rounds of 75-73 at Royal St. George's...Saw his streak of years appearing in the Masters end at 27 straight as a result of the thumb surgery operation...Finished T2 at the Nedbank Senior Challenge in December in South Africa. 2010: Capped his stellar year by winning nearly all the Champions Tour major awards, including the Charles Schwab Cup (points leader), the Jack Nicklaus Trophy (Player of the Year) and the Arnold Palmer Award (leading money-winner). He also became the first Champions Tour players to win the Jack Nicklaus Trophy and the Arnold Palmer Award three consecutive years...His season earnings of $2,648,939 was the fourth-best total in Champions Tour annals, and he averaged $115,171 per start while posting five wins. The five victories were the most in a season since Craig Stadler also won five in 2004, and he was also the first international player to win five times in a season since Bob Charles in 1989...Earned Player of the Month honors for July when he claimed consecutive major titles on the Champions Tour, a first on the circuit since Tom Watson in 2003...Claimed his first major when he prevailed by one stroke over Corey Pavin at the Senior British Open at Carnoustie. Started with a 4-under-par 67 and shared the 18- and 36-hole leads before opening a three-stroke margin at the 54-hole mark. Closed with a 1-over-par 72 in the final round but still withstood a late challenge from Pavin. Victory pushed him past the $1-million mark in season earnings for the third consecutive year and allowed him to grab the lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race for good. He also became the first non-U.S. player to win the tournament since Noboru Sugai in 2002...The following week, became Germany's first USGA champion when he held off hometown favorite Fred Couples near Seattle for the U.S. Senior Open title. Three-stroke victory came as a result of four straight rounds in the 60s at Sahalee, a first in his Champions Tour career. Trailed by one stroke after the first hole on Sunday but benefitted from a four-stroke turnaround at No. 2 when he birdied and Couples made triple bogey. Became the sixth different international player to triumph at the U.S. Senior Open and win made him the first foreign-born player to hold multiple major titles since Gary Player in 1987. Victory at Sahalee also was his fourth title of the season, equaling his win total for 2009...Fell short in his bid for a third straight major title when he finished T10 at the JELD-WEN Tradition. Was among three players T2 after 54 holes, but his bid ended with a closing round 73...Won for the fifth time the following week when he prevailed by three strokes at the Boeing Classic. Took the 36-hole lead after a second-round, 9-under-par 63 and then battled Nick Price for much of the final round before pulling away with birdies on three of his final four holes. Victory near Seattle also moved him past the $2-million mark in season earnings for the third straight year and he joined Lee Trevino (New York area) and Hale Irwin (Los Angeles area) with two victories in the same metropolitan area in a season...First of five 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...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...Led all players in Rounds in the 60s (49), Sub-Par Rounds (54) and Top-10 finishes (15). 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...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 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. Third career win on the circuit matched his entire PGA TOUR career victory total...Added a third crown in 2008 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...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...Claimed the inaugural Casa Serena Open on the European Seniors Tour in September in Prague, where he bested Ian Woosnam by three strokes. 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; David Frost, 2010 3M Championship). Eight-stroke triumph over Mark O'Meara was the second-largest victory margin of the season...Debuted on the Champions Tour in early September at the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and T10...Best finish on the PGA TOUR 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 for the victory. The finish came just three months shy of his 50th birthday...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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