Bernhard Langer, the 59-year-old German star, who has absolutely dominated the Champions Tour in recent years, was the big story coming into this week’s Senior U.S. Open.
Langer won the first two majors of the year, and was considered a favorite this week as well. He got off to a great start, playing himself into contention with a 67-65 on Thursday and Friday, but the weekend was a struggle, as over-par rounds of 72 and 74 dropped him to -2 for the tournament, good for a share of 18th place.
- Tough Sunday: Bernhard Langer needed a very low final round to get back into the championship picture after a 2-over 72 in the third round, but after an opening birdie, Langer played the rest of his round 5-over, finishing 14 strokes behind winner Kenny Perry.
- Jealous Griping: Langer had a big distraction this week, as there have been questions about whether his putting stroke violates the Tour rules on anchoring. The Champions Tour ruled that Langer was not in violation of any rules.
- Still Tops: Langer leads the Champions Tour this season with three victories, and still has a considerable lead on the Tour’s money list.
- Uncharacteristic: The winner of nine career Champions Tour major titles, the most all-time, Langer finished outside the top 10 in a major for the first time since 2013.
“It’s hard to win one in a row.”
–Bernhard Langer, after falling short in his quest for a third-straight 2017 major victory.