2001: Long time for Langer, 43, who secures Ryder berth

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Noordwijk, Netherlands

European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance didn’t waste any time.

When Bernhard Langer captured the Dutch Open July 29, moving from No. 14 in the Euro Ryder Cup standings to No. 7, his captain came calling.

“Sam was on the phone to congratulate me,” said Langer, who leads Colin Montgomerie, Phillip Price and Ireland’s Paul McGinley, holder of the 10th and final automatic spot. “It’s nice to be back in contention and to be in the Ryder Cup side.”

His clinching of a 10th Ryder Cup appearance was not the only reason Langer, 43, had for celebrating. The Dutch victory was his first tournament title since the 1997 German Masters. It was the 38th European Tour triumph and the 64th victory worldwide for the 28-year pro. The £182,917 check (approximately $260,281) raised his standing from 14th to eighth on the Order of Merit.

Langer took the Dutch Open when England’s Warren Bennett bogeyed the first extra hole, missing two easy putts while the German made a par.

“My heart goes out to Warren for missing a short pass,” Langer said. “But, of course, I’m very delighted and thrilled that I’ve won another tournament.”

Langer, who also won this tournament in 1984 and 1992, finished with a 5-under-par 66, joining Bennett at 15-under 269 after four rounds on the Noordwijkse links course. Bennett, who led by two strokes with three holes to go, closed with a 67.

– From staff and wire reports

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