Bernhard Langer became the oldest player to make the cut in Masters history, and he felt his age afterward.
The 63-year-old German veteran, a two-time Masters champion, created history as he qualified for the weekend on Friday. After opening with a 68, carded a 1-over-par 73 to be tied for 27th at Augusta, where he is six shots behind leaders Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnston.
When told he was the oldest player to make the cut in the history of the iconic major event, Langer — who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993 — replied: “I’ll drink to that.”
“It’s not easy to do it,” Langer, who finished tied for 62nd last year, said. “There have been so many great players here before me, including the ones we just talked about, from Jack Nicklaus to Gary Player to all the greats that have competed here, and to be the oldest to make the cut, it’s certainly an achievement. Hopefully I get to play a few more years and enjoy this place.”
Langer, winner of 42 European Tour titles and three on the PGA Tour, added: “My knees are shot right now. My wife just said, you’re not going to hit balls, are you? I said, no, no chance. I’m done. I played 27 today or 26, and this is one of the hilliest courses we play, and when it’s wet, it’s even a harder walk.
“I do stretching and I do workouts, but again, it’s a young man’s course in many ways. It’s a hard walk around here on any day because you’re not just walking down and up, there’s a lot of side hill, as well, which a lot of people have shin splint problems and their feet are hurting, their knees, even their hips and their backs sometimes going out.”