Bernhard Langer Eyes Eighth Senior Major

The German won his 100th professional tournament earlier this year

Bernhard Langer

At the Senior Open at Carnoustie, Bernhard Langer is looking to tie the record of eight senior major wins held by Jack Nicklaus

Bernhard Langer Eyes Eighth Senior Major

The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex gets underway today at Carnoustie, where Bernhard Langer is hoping to win his third senior major title of 2016 and match the record of eight senior major titles set by Jack Nicklaus.

Since turning 50 in 2007, Langer’s record in seniors golf has been peerless: 28 wins on the PGA Tour Champions, seven major titles, seven money list titles and three season-ending Charles Schwab Cup titles.

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The German golfer, now 58, leads the Charles Schwab Cup rankings coming into the Senior Open having already won three times in 2016, including a pair of senior major titles in the Regions Tradition in May and in the Senior Players Championship last month.

Bernhard Langer

Langer in practice on Carnoustie's 18th. (Photo by Phil Inglis/Getty Images)

And Carnoustie is a course with happy memories for Langer as it was here in the 2010 Senior Open where Langer claimed the first of his senior majors.

“These milestones are a by-product of always trying to get better and working on your game,” Langer told Golf Monthly before the first round got underway.

“I always do the best I can. It is amazing that only Jack Nicklaus has won one more senior major than Hale Irwin and I have won so far. I could catch Jack and maybe even surpass him one day – that would be amazing.

Bernhard Langer

2015 Senior Open Champion Marco Dawson poses with the trophy at Sunningdale last year. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

“These records are a motivating factor and they prove that I have played some very good golf over the past eight or nine years on the Champions Tour.”

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Another milestone Langer has reached this year is 100 professional wins, which came at the Regions Tradition. The Senior Players was win number 101.

“Just to have won 100 tournaments as a professional worldwide is an amazing number,” says Langer.

“Not many get there. To have won two majors already this year is also incredible and we are only half way through the season. It has been a wonderful start to the year.”

Langer is the man to beat this week. A golfer of unerring consistency, he has finished in the top-10 in all of the last 14 senior major championships.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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