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Langer—And Better

There’s been a lot of talk recently about a Senior Ryder Cup, rumored for next year. Bernhard Langer—who has 21 victories and $14 million on the Champions Tour since 2007 (along with 3 PGA Tour titles, including 2 Masters), and 3 victories among 12 top-10 finishes this year—is a lock to make the old guys’ European team. But after his unbelievable 13-stroke victory in the just-ended Senior British Open, there’s talk of Langer getting one of Paul McGinley’s captain’s picks for the “young” Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in a few months. He certainly would bring experience: It would be Langer’s 11th Cup (he played in every one from 1981-97 and again in 2002). And maturity: At 57, he’d be the oldest player in Ryder Cup history, easily topping Ray Floyd, who was 51 when he played in 1993. It also might bring a measure of revenge for Langer, who is best known in Cup play for missing a short putt on the final hole at Kiawah in 1991—the famed “War By The Shore”—allowing the U.S. to win for the first time since 1983. Pair him with his long-time friend and current U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer and it easily could be Deutschland Über Alles.

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