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Langer dreaming of making history at St Andrews

May 31, 2018

Defending Senior Open presented by Rolex champion Bernhard Langer is thrilled by the possibility of writing another piece of history as senior golf’s crown jewel heads to the Old Course at St Andrews for the first time from July 26-29.

Langer secured a record tenth Senior Major Championship last year at The Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl, joining golfing ‘royalty’ Gary Player and Tom Watson as a three-time winner of the Senior Claret Jug. Victory at St Andrews this year would see him become the first four-time winner in the Championship’s 32-year history.

Langer dreaming of making history at St Andrews, © Getty Images

“We’re all really excited to becoming back to St Andrews,” said the two-time Masters Tournament winner. “It’s a phenomenal golf course, and the possibility of winning my fourth Senior Open Championship there is a thrill.

“But, whatever the outcome may be, it’s just great to be there and playing on that fantastic golf course.”

Langer’s first experience of St Andrews in an Open Championship came in 1978 as a 21 year old, but it wasn’t until 1984 that he made his mark on the Old Course. It would be the first time he would finish inside the top three - a feat he would repeat five more times, which is unmatched by any non-winner of The Open.

“That Open Championship is probably the one that got away from me,” he said. “I felt like I had the game to win The Open. I got myself into contention many times, not just once or twice.

“St Andrews in 1984 was one of those times. I seem to remember that I out-played Seve [Ballesteros] tee-to-green, but he out-putted me.

“It was fun being part of that, but it wasn’t fun missing a lot of the putts I feel I could have made, or should have made. But that’s golf; there’s 14 different clubs and you have to be in command of all of them, not just 13.”

Despite naming the Old Course as one of his favourite venues, the victorious 2008 Ryder Cup Captain says it took some time to discover the charm of St Andrews.

“I must admit, when I first played the course I didn’t like it at all. But I was only 18 and I had never seen a lot of links golf before. I didn’t like the idea of standing on some of the tees, hitting over a sand dune and not really knowing what’s out there.

“Sometimes I thought I had hit a good tee shot and it ended up in one of the pot bunkers.

“The more I play it, the more I love it, because I can see what the architect had in mind. However great the course plays it is a challenge, whether the wind is right-to-left or left-to-right.”

Langer will defend the Senior Claret Jug against a field which will include a raft of Major Champions, former Ryder Cup Captains and players and European Tour winners including Tom Watson, Sir Nick Faldo, John Daly and Paul Broadhurst, the most recent Major champion, who won the KitchenAid Senior PGA title in Michigan last Sunday.

Under-16s and parking are free.

Tickets, starting at £13.50 per day, are available now on: st.golf/SeniorOpen18Tickets

About The Senior Open Presented by Rolex

The Senior Open Presented by Rolex will be played on the iconic Old Course at St Andrews for the first time in the Championship’s 32-year history in 2018. St Andrews will become the 13th host of Europe’s Senior Major Championship.

In 2017, Bernhard Langer made history by becoming the first golfer in history to win ten Senior Major Championships, as he joined Gary Player and Tom Watson as the only three-time winners of the Senior Claret Jug with his victory at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales.

Royal Lytham & St Annes will host The Senior Open for the first time in 25 years after being named as host venue for the 2019 Championship.

The Senior Open was introduced in 1987 at Turnberry in Ayrshire when Neil Coles, the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PGA European Tour, won the inaugural title. This led, two years later, to more than 60 professionals calling for a European Senior Tour to be formally structured. In 2018, the Senior Tour was rebranded with Staysure becoming the first title sponsor of what is now known as the Staysure Tour.

Scotland, the Home of Golf:

Scotland is renowned around the world as the Home of Golf. It is the birthplace of the game and to this day remains its spiritual home. It is also a modern, dynamic and world-class golf events and tourism destination welcoming hundreds of thousands of golfers every year and regularly playing host to the biggest tournaments in the world.

The golf industry in Scotland is worth more than £1 billion annually to the Scottish economy, of which golf events and golf tourism plays a major role.

Through activity delivered by organisations including VisitScotland, Scottish Development International and Scottish Golf, the Scottish Government is committed to continuing to support the growth of the game in this country. This includes; supporting economic and business growth within the Scottish economy, driving increased participation in the sport and helping to nurture the next generation of Scottish golfing stars through junior golf activities.

For more information on the Scottish Government and its partners: www.scotland.org

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