There were no customers at the 2020 Masters Competition, although Bernhard Langer periodically felt like a spectator.
The 63-year-old played the weekend in groupings that consisted of Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau, and admitted to enjoying “in wonder” of the two bombers. Langer ended up the Masters at 3-under par.
“Every once in a while I had to inform myself, ‘Stop seeing and play your video game. Concentrate on what you wish to do,'” Langer said. “I got to experience the longest guys worldwide right now, and it’s rather incredible.”
Langer played Augusta National Golf Club 2 strokes lower than the pre-tournament favorite on Sunday, shooting 71 to DeChambeau’s 73. Langer counted on 6 hybrids and 2 3-woods into par fours on Sunday, while DeChambeau drove the par-4 3rd green.
Bryson three-putted No. 3 for par, and Langer matched that rating.
“If I can make a couple of putts, I understand I can shoot somewhere around par or perhaps under,” Langer said. “That’s generally sufficient to hang in there. If my putter goes bad, then I’m struggling.”
Langer made history this November, exceeding Tommy Aaron as the earliest player to make the cut at the Masters. The two-time champion here has actually played the weekend in six of his last eight journeys to Augusta National.
“I think I have a couple of more therein,” Langer stated. “You never ever know. I know how to play this golf course and I have to play my angles and rely on my short video game. With me it’s actually all the putter.”
Langer opened this week with 68, his preliminary in the 60s considering that the final round of 2014. DeChambeau praised his playing partner and confessed to appreciating the 63-year-old.
“Even though I’m bombing it by him, he’s still playing better than me,” DeChambeau said. “That’s the cool part about the video game of golf. You can shoot a score whatever way you want, and he has the ability to do it still at his age.”
DeChambeau included: “He’s an incredible iron player. He grinds over everything.”