Langer back in familiar position: winner's circle
By Associated Press
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii – Bernhard Langer won the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Andy Bean.
Langer, the 2008 Player and Rookie of the Year, had an 18-under 198 total to get his sophomore campaign off to a strong start and earn his fifth title in his 26th start on the 50-and-over circuit.
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002, and deservedly so:
World Golf Hall of Fame Profile: Bernhard Langer
By achieving international fame and fortune on the professional circuits of the world, Bernhard Langer lifted golf from obscurity in his native Germany. Langer was a trailblazer in his native land, where there was only one public course and 130,000 golfers. Both figures have grown tremendously due to Langer's presence.
One of the most remarkably consistent and resilient professionals, Langer routinely conquered adversity in the form of the putting "yips" to reach the top, and he still remains in the upper echelon of the game today.
I still remember when he missed "THE putt" at Kiawah to allow the US to win in 1991, and came back the next week to win a tournament in Europe!! Talk about "shaking it off"!!