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Bernard Langer attempts to become oldest European Tour winner

Twice U.S. Masters winner Bernhard Langer aims to become the oldest European tour winner when he takes part in the Dutch Open this week.

German Langer, who lines up with his 17-year-old amateur son Stefan this week at Kennemer, is 49 and eligible for the seniors' tours when he turns 50 on Monday.

After recovering from kidney stones, which forced him to withdraw from the Players Championship in Hamburg last month, Langer said on Wednesday he was raring to go if not yet fully fit.

"I was out of action for about 2-1/2 weeks and I am not as fit as I was four weeks ago," Langer told a news conference.

"You deteriorate pretty fast lying around for over two weeks but I have been working hard and I'm gaining strength and endurance."

Langer has turned down an opportunity to take part in the lucrative Fedex Cup on the U.S. PGA Tour this week to play in a full tour event for the first time with son Stefan.

Stefan, a scratch handicapper, plays on the Florida Junior tour and won the Del Webb Father-Son Challenge for major champions and their sons with Bernhard in 2005 and 2006.

Langer, though, does not have high hopes for his son at the difficult North Sea links.

"He has been struggling with his game and has tried to make some changes and it is difficult to play a tournament when you are between swings.

"I don't expect him to make the cut, to tell the truth, as it is such a tough golf course."

The Langer combination replicates the feat of Spanish Ryder Cup players Antonio Garrido and son Ignacio, who first played together in the 1990 Spanish Open when Ignacio was 18.


August 23, 2007

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