Watch: Bernhard Langer Double-Hits Chip Shot At Senior Open Championship

Langer is known for his consistency but, at The Senior Open Championship, he made one of the most relatable shots to any weekend golfer

Langer makes a double hit whilst chipping
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When you need to name a player that has been at the top-level of golf for multiple years it is difficult not to throw Bernhard Langer in the frame. The German has won multiple times on the European and PGA Champions Tours, with his approach to the game almost robotic.

However, during his second round of The Senior Open Championship, Langer made a dreaded double-hit, a shot which is perhaps seen often at your local course during a medal round!

The relatable shot can be seen below:

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Following the double-hit, which didn't just have viewers at home confused, but also the commentary team, analyst Gary Koch simply stated: “Well, the dreaded two-chip...” 

Happening at Gleneagles’ par-4 9th hole, from just off the back of the green, Langer was attempting to play over a little ridge guarding the flag. Taking the club back, the German made contact with the ball once at impact, then again on his follow through, as his golf ball finished some near 90 degrees left of his target!

Luckily, for Langer, he was not given a penalty, with a rules change coming into effect in 2019. Currently, Rule 10.1a states: “If the player’s club accidentally hits the ball more than once, there has been only one stroke and there is no penalty”. Previously, Langer would have been penalised a shot. 

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The moment didn't seem to bother the 64-year-old though as, just six holes later, he very nearly holed out from a greenside bunker! Eventually, he ended his second round at five-under-par and sits just three shots back of leader, Darren Clarke.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x