AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bernhard Langer has been saying for years that a senior player will eventually win a men’s major.
He might just be the one that sets the mark.
The 58-year-old Langer, who won his first green jacket 31 years ago, will enter the final round in the penultimate group, at 1-under 215, just two shots back of Jordan Spieth.
“Sooner or later, it’s going to happen,” Langer said after a third-round 70. “The guys are staying fit. There are more athletes. They are taking care of themselves. We see it amongst the young guys, but as they get older they are going to be in better shapes. It’s just a matter of time.”
Greg Norman nearly won the 2008 Open Championship. A year later, 59-year-old Tom Watson stood on the 18th hole at Turnberry with a one-shot lead. He later lost in a playoff.
The oldest major champion in history is Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship. If Langer won Sunday for his third Masters title, he would break that record by more than a decade.