Langer joins elite group by winning Senior Open
July 27, 2014
By Champions Tour Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- Bernhard Langer never let up during the Senior Open, carding all four rounds in the 60s in route to winning by 13 shots. (Phil Inglis/Getty Images)
With His Victory Today, Bernhard Langer (65-66-68-67--266/-18) ...
• Langer becomes just the third player to claim multiple majors in a season twice. Gary Player won multiple majors in both 1987 and 1988 while Jack Nicklaus won multiple majors in both the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
• Bernhard Langer joins Gary Player (1988, 1990, 1997), Bob Charles (1989, 1993), Brian Barnes (1995, 1996), Christy O’Connor, Jr. (1999, 2000), Tom Watson (2003, 2005, 2007) and Loren Roberts (2006, 2009) as the seventh multiple winner of this championship.
• Langer’s 13-stroke winning margin equals the second-largest margin in any major championship. Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open by 15 strokes and Old Tom Morris won The Open Championship by 13 in 1862.
• Langer shatters the Senior Open Championship record for largest winning margin, besting Bob Charles’ seven-stroke victory in 1989.
• Bernhard Langer wins the 28th Senior Open Championship with the lowest-ever winning total in relation to par, surpassing the 17-under score of Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2003.
• Langer’s 13-stroke triumph is an all-time record for the largest margin in the history of the Champions Tour, best Hale Irwin’s 12-stroke margin of victory at the 1997 Senior PGA Championship. Langer’s previous personal best for largest margin of victory on the Champions Tour was eight strokes on two different occasions.
• Langer’s 13-stroke winning margin is the second largest of his career. He won the 1979 Cacharel Under 25 Championship by 17 strokes.
• Bernhard Langer earns his 22nd career title on the Champions Tour in his 140th career start and moves into a tie with Chi Chi Rodriguez and Don January for sixth place on the all-time victory list.
• Langer wins his fourth title on the European Senior Tour in his 26th appearance.
• Langer’s victory at Royal Porthcawl is his fourth overall senior major championship in his 33rd appearance.
He becomes the 11th player with four or more senior majors in his career and joins Lee Trevino, Allen Doyle, Raymond Floyd and Loren Roberts in a tie for seventh place on the all-time major victory list.
• Langer won both the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie and the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee near Seattle in 2010.
• Langer’s second Senior Open Championship victory today marks the fifth time in his Champions Tour career that he’s won an event multiple times. He won the 3M Championship in both 2009 and 2012, the ACE Group Classic in 2011 and 2013, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in 2009 and 2014 and the Insperity Invitational in 2007, 2008 and 2014.
• On the PGA TOUR, Langer won the Masters in 1985 and 1993. Langer claims his fourth victory of the season in his 14th start of the season, the first time he’s won at least four times in a year since 2010 when he won five tournaments overall. He also won four times in 2009.
• Langer becomes the first wire-to-wire winner of a senior major since Olin Browne led from start to finish at the 2011 U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Golf Club near Toledo. Langer earns a spot in the 144th Open Championship in 2015 at St. Andrews. Langer wins his third title in Wales, following the 1980 Dunlop Masters and the 1988 Epson Grand Prix of Europe. Both events were held at St. Pierre Golf Club in Chepstow. Langer also finished T2 at Royal Porthcawl in the 1981 Coral Welsh Classic. Langer earns 847 Charles Schwab Cup points and regains the lead from Colin Montgomerie in the season-long race. He now has a total of 3,367 total points while Montgomerie is now second with 3,108 points.
• Langer earns a check for $423,355 and becomes the first to go over $2 million in earnings of the 2014 Champions Tour with $2,278,380. It marks the sixth time in eight seasons on the Champions Tour that he’s gone over $2 million in single-season earnings.