April 14 2013
Two-time Masters champ Bernhard Langer enters the final round in the top 10. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Bernhard Langer enters Sunday's final round of the Masters tied for ninth. It's the first time in nine years that Langer has entered any round at Augusta National inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Langer was still playing on the PGA TOUR back then. Now he's 55 years old and a dominant force on the Champions Tour. He's five shots off the lead, but if he can conjure up a bit of magic like he's done twice before at the Masters ... well, who knows.
The German-born Langer knows it's difficult for a senior player to win a major on a long golf course like Augusta National.
"But at the same time, I say it's going to happen that a senior player is going to win a major championship," said Langer, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993. "Tom Watson almost did it obviously on a lot shorter golf course (Turnberry in 2009). Fred Couples can do it any given moment, and there's a few of us that might do it too."
Despite his dominance on the Champions Tour -- 17 wins, including the ACE Group Classic earlier this year -- Langer hasn't exactly been productive in recent years at Augusta National. He's missed the cut in his last six appearances and had not shot a round in the 60s in his last 17 rounds coming into this week.
He still hasn't dipped into the 60s, but his rounds of 71-71-72 this week leave him at 2 under. He enters the final round tied with England's Lee Westwood as low European.
And there's only one way he will treat Sunday's final round.
"Play as attacking as I possibly can," Langer said. "I'm very aggressive, at times overaggressive, and it cost me a couple of times, but at other times it paid off, so that's just the way the golf course is.
"This course is too hard for me to play safe."
UPDATE (2:35 P.M. ET) -- Langer has started his round with three consecutive birdies. That moves him to 5 under, just two shots off the lead with Snedeker and Cabrera about to tee off.
UPDATE (5:05 P.M. ET) -- After his fast start, Langer has fallen back. He is 5 over on his first four holes on the back nine, with a bogey at the 10th and double bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes.