Bernhard Langer Reveals Actual Cause Of Injury That Will See Him Miss Out On Masters Swan Song

The two-time Masters champion was ruled out of a final appearance at Augusta after tearing his Achilles earlier this year - but how he sustained the injury had been a secret until now...

Bernhard Langer at the 18th green during the final round of the PNC Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida
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In January, two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer put out a statement to say that he would be unable to play in his planned Augusta swan song this year after rupturing his Achilles tendon during "training exercises."

It was disappointing news for many people - not least the 66-year-old German - who would have loved to see the most successful member on the PGA Tour Champions tee it up at Augusta National one final time.

His announcement at the time also stated that he would have surgery and therefore miss time playing competitive golf. What it didn't exactly say, however, is what has only recently come to pass as the real reason for said medical intervention.

Speaking to the Musings on Golf podcast earlier this week and first picked up by the Associated Press, the 1985 and 1993 Masters champion shared how he actually sustained the injury.

He said: “I play all sorts of sports to stay fit, and this was part of my fitness regime. I was playing pickleball and somebody was trying to lob me. I did a few steps backward and hit an overhead, and as I landed on the ground with my feet I heard this huge ‘pop,’ very loud, like a gun shot. I knew right away it was a torn Achilles.”

Weeks after successful surgery, Langer shared that he would have the consolation of attending the Champions dinner, where he might be able to share his story alongside a couple of other red-faced stars.

Ben Crenshaw hands Bernhard Langer the Green Jacket after his 1985 Masters title

Ben Crenshaw hands Bernhard Langer the Green Jacket after his 1985 Masters title

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Dustin Johnson famously missed the 2017 Masters after slipping down the stairs of his rental home in Georgia.

At the time, Johnson said: "It sucks. I want to play. I'm playing the best golf of my life and to have a freak accident happen yesterday afternoon, it sucks really bad."

Fortunately for the now LIV golfer, he would ease into the custom-fitted green jacket three years later anyway after an imperious display, helped by his free-flowing healthy back.

Other huge names to have suffered untimely injuries in the build up to one of the biggest events include Tony Finau (dislocated ankle during the Masters par-3 contest), Ben Hogan (car crash after Phoenix Open), and Tiger Woods (pair of stress fractures in his left tibia prior to winning 2008 US Open).

Shifting focus back to Langer, the 66-year-old plans to return to playing golf in May. He might leave pickleball for a while, though.

Jonny Leighfield
Staff Writer

Jonny Leighfield is our Staff News Writer who joined Golf Monthly just in time for the 2023 Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup. He graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Sport Journalism in 2017 and spent almost five years as the sole sports reporter at his local newspaper. An improving golfer who still classes himself as ‘one of the worst players on the Golf Monthly team’, Jonny enjoys playing as much as he can and is hoping to reach his Handicap goal of 18 at some stage. He attended both the 150th and 151st Opens and is keen to make it an annual pilgrimage.