banner
Ken Medlin

A week of closure for Langer

Posted October 4, 2012
Updated October 5, 2012

Bernhard Langer is a two-time Masters champion. He was one of the top golfers of his era, the first player ever ranked #1 when the Official World Golf Rankings came out in 1986.

But he'll always be remembered for a putt he missed -- the one that cost Europe the 1991 Ryder Cup.

That's why this year's Euro-win has to be especially sweet for Langer. It came on a similar putt made by his fellow German, Martin Kaymer, and it came only a day after Kaymer sought out Langer's advice on how to handle the pressure of the Ryder Cup.

Langer's in Cary this weekend for the SAS Championship, and spoke about his connection with Kaymer - and their well-timed phone conversation.

They talked about Kaymer's decision to change his swing - and the inevitable step back that came along with it. Langer supported the move, one he thinks will make Kaymer a better player in the long run. But mostly, they talked about Kaymer's experience as the only German on the European team. It was that way for Langer in his Ryder Cup days, so only he could truly understand Kaymer's feeling of isolation.

His advice: Embrace the team concept, even if no one else speaks your language.

In short, open up...

"I think he took it seriously, made some changes right away and felt more a part of it." Langer said. "And I was very grateful he had the opportunity to get the winning point and make the winning putt."

Kaymer earned his place on the European team - and in golf lore - with his putt at Medinah. And maybe - just maybe - Langer earned a bit of closure. Twenty-one years after his missed putt cost Europe a Cup, Langer's advice helped frame the mindset of another German golfer faced with an eerily-similar shot.

And this one went in...

Langer tees off Friday at 10:46 at Prestonwood to begin his opening round at the SAS Championship.

Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • ACC: Wake Forest at Duke

    Wednesday at 8:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Saturday at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: Virginia at Syracuse

    Tonight at 7:00 on 620am

  • NHL Hurricanes at Chicago

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Clemson

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • ACC: Duke vs. Wake Forest

    Wednesday at 8:00 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
8:00pm Tonight
SAV
NCCU
 
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
CAR
9th
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
9th
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
TOR
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
GSW
7:30pm Tonight
MIA
PHO
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
LAC
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
NOP
7:00pm Tonight
TEX
BAY
7:00pm Tonight
SYR
UVA
7:30pm Tonight
NCAT
COOK
 
7:30pm Tonight
SHSU
CARK
 
7:30pm Tonight
DELST
HAMP
 
7:30pm Tonight
HOW
NORST
 
7:30pm Tonight
NWST
SELA
 
8:00pm Tonight
STEPH
INCWORD
 
8:00pm Tonight
MCNST
LAM
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAV
NCCU
 
8:00pm Tonight
NO
NICST
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARKPB
JST
 
8:30pm Tonight
ALAST
PVU
 
8:30pm Tonight
ALAAM
TXSOU
 
9:00pm Tonight
VT
BC
9:00pm Tonight
MVSU
GRAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
ISU
OKLA
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
NAS
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
CAR
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
MON