Golden oldies have proved they can compete, says Langer

Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:45pm EDT
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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...

Former Master champion Bernhard Langer of Germany hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young