Sunday, November 09, 2014


Bernhard Langer has completed a memorable 2014 season by topping the Money List on the US Champions Tour for a sixth time in seven seasons.
The Florida-based German, pictured, who last week secured the Charles Schwab Cup for a second time, finished tied fourth in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship last Sunday

The result was Langer’s 18th top ten finish in 21 appearances on the Champions Tour in 2014, a campaign that yielded five victories overall including a runaway win in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Porthcawl in Wales.

It was the third season in a row that the 2004 European Ryder Cup Captain topped the Champions tour Money List, and he reached another career milestone when he broke Hale Irwin’s single-season earnings records, finishing the season with $3,074,189.

“It’s still mind-boggling to reflect on my year,” said Langer, who also lost in a play-off to Paul Wesselingh in the WINSTONgolf Senior Open in his homeland on the European Senior Tour.
“When you think about it, you play golf from January until now, it's ten months, and to have played as consistently well as I've done in 20 tournaments is hard to believe really.  I'm extremely blessed to have played this well.”
The two-time Masters Tournament winner has 23 Champions Tour victories and is now more than halfway to the record of 45 victories held by Hale Irwin, and just six behind second placed Lee Trevino in the all-time list.
Not bad for a player whose earlier career was at one time threatened by the putting yipps!
Another European Senior Tour Member, Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, finished the season in second place on the Money List, following a fine season in which he won both the US Senior PGA Championship  and the US Senior Open, and finished runner up to Langer in The Senior Open Championship.

However. Montgomerie came out on top in the European Senior Tour Order of Merit, winning a further two titles – the Travis Perkins Masters and the Russian Open Golf Championship (Senior) – to add to his Major double. He will receive the John Jacobs Trophy at the MCB Tour Championship in Mauritius next month.

It sets up a mouth-watering prospect of the pair renewing their battle on both sides of the Atlantic in 2015, with the evergreen 57 year old Langer showing no signs of slowing down.

“I have to be healthy to play, I've got to enjoy it and I've got to have some success, which goes hand in hand,” said Langer. “With my faith, if the Lord tells me to do something else, I might pack it in tomorrow and do something else if that's what my calling is. Right now my calling is to be out here and play golf.”



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