Golden oldies have proved they can compete, says Langer
By Tony Jimenez
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The performances of the golden oldies at this week's Masters have proved the 50-plus brigade can mix it with the young powerhouses of world golf, Bernhard Langer said after finishing in the top 10.
The 56-year-old German, who won the coveted green jacket in 1985 and 1993, squeezed six birdies and an eagle into his closing three-under-par 69 on Sunday to complete a final level-par score of 288 at Augusta National.
Langer said the veterans had sent out a statement after six 50-plus competitors made the cut at the opening major championship of the season.
Asked what kind of statement, he told reporters: "What do you think? I think everybody can figure that out.
"There are a lot of good over-50 players. We can compete at the highest level and even on a very, very long golf course like this one."
Langer also excelled at the Masters last year before fading away with a final-day 76 to wind up in a share of 25th position.
The former world number one launched his closing round in dramatic fashion on Sunday by birdying the first hole and eagling the second.
"It was a beautiful start," said Langer. "I hit a beautiful three-wood on two. Continued...