Our 2021 Speaker – Bernhard Langer
Berhnard will be speaking via live broadcast from an Omaha hotel inside the PGA “bubble.” He will be answering questions, which can be submitted at the desk when you arrive and register.
Bernhard will be playing in the 2021 U.S. Senior Open on July 8-11 at the Omaha Country Club.
NOTE: Due to Senior PGA COVID Protocols, Bernhard will be meeting with us virtually.
Guest Speaker - Pro Golfer
Bernhard Langer is by far the greatest golfer ever to emerge from Germany. He is known for his dedication to the game, his work ethic and his deliberate pace of play, and for his battle with the putting yips, an involuntary spasm of the wrist.
Langer’s early childhood was marred by several serious illnesses; in fact, twice before age 5, Langer’s life was considered in jeopardy. He was introduced to golf at age 8 when his brother started working as a caddie. Langer took up caddying himself, then got hooked on playing. It was not long until he was winning big junior tournaments.
A short Time later, Langer turned pro at age 15 in 1972. Just two years later he won his first professional tournament, the 1974 German National Open Championship. He won the German National again in 1977 and 1979. Over the years, Langer went on to win the German National a total of 13 times.
Langer started playing on the European Tour in 1976. He earned his first tour win at the 1980 Dunlop Masters. From that point on, and despite frequent battles with the yips, Langer was among the best players in Europe and among the better players in the world.
He led the European Tour money list twice in the first half of the 1980s, won 42 European Tour tournaments (second only to Seve Ballesteros) and two Green Jackets as Masters champion.
In 2004, Langer served a highly successful stint as European captain, leading his squad to its biggest win ever over the U.S.
He joined the Champions Tour after turning 50 late in 2007 and won that year’s Administaff Small Business Classic. Many more wins followed, enough to earn Player of the Year honors in 2008 through 2010, and again in 2014. In 2010, Langer won five times including the British and U.S. senior opens. He added a third senior major in 2014 when he won the Senior British Open by a senior-major-record 13 strokes.
The senior wins and senior majors kept coming as Langer inched into his later 50, so many that we have him ranked extremely high on the list of Top 10 Players of All-Time on the Champions Tour. By the time of his victory in the 2017 Regions Tradition, at age 59, Langer tied Jack Nicklaus for most senior major wins ever with eight. In the very next major, the Senior PGA Championship, Langer won again to claim the record all to himself. And at the 2017 Senior British Open, Langer became the first golfer with double-digit wins in senior majors.
Bernhard Langer was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
Bernhard has a great story about growing up in a religious home, but never feeling fulfilled. He thought he did all the right things, but wondered if he was ever “good enough” to enter heaven. Hear his amazing story of finding Christ at a Bible study when he was 26.
WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME MEMBER
2 TIME MASTERS CHAMPION
116 WORLDWIDE VICTORIES
42 TIME EUROPEAN TOUR WINNER
41 TIME CHAMPIONS TOUR WINNER
11 CHAMPIONS TOUR MAJOR VICTORIES
8 TIME CHAMPIONS TOUR PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
5 TIME CHAMPIONS TOUR CHARLES SCHWAB CUP WINNER
10 TIME CHAMPIONS TOUR ARNOLD PALMER AWARD (MONEY LIST)
10 TIME MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN RYDER CUP TEAM RYDER CUP CAPTAIN (2004)
12 TIME MEMBER OF THE WORLD CUP TEAM
RECIPIENT OF VARIOUS AWARDS
INCLUDING THE PRESTIGIOUS PAYNE STEWART AWARD AND BYRON NELSON AWARD