Bernhard Langer grew to become the oldest participant to make the lower in Masters historical past, and he felt his age afterward.
The 63-year-old German veteran, a two-time Masters champion, created historical past as he certified for the weekend on Friday. After opening with a 68, carded a 1-over-par 73 to be tied for 27th at Augusta, the place he’s six photographs behind leaders Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnston.
When informed he was the oldest participant to make the lower within the historical past of the enduring main occasion, Langer — who gained the Masters in 1985 and 1993 — replied: “I am going to drink to that.”
“It is not simple to do it,” Langer, who completed tied for 62nd final yr, mentioned. “There have been so many nice gamers right here earlier than me, together with those we simply talked about, from Jack Nicklaus to Gary Participant to all of the greats which have competed right here, and to be the oldest to make the lower, it is actually an achievement. Hopefully I get to play a couple of extra years and revel in this place.”
Langer, winner of 42 European Tour titles and three on the PGA Tour, added: “My knees are shot proper now. My spouse simply mentioned, you are not going to hit balls, are you? I mentioned, no, no likelihood. I am executed. I performed 27 immediately or 26, and this is likely one of the hilliest programs we play, and when it is moist, it is even a tougher stroll.
“I do stretching and I do exercises, however once more, it is a younger man’s course in some ways. It is a arduous stroll round right here on any day since you’re not simply strolling down and up, there’s loads of aspect hill, as effectively, which lots of people have shin splint issues and their ft are hurting, their knees, even their hips and their backs generally going out.”