Langer backed for Ryder Cup

Tony Jacklin says Bernhard Langer’s superb performance in the Senior Open Championship should put him in the running for the Ryder Cup.

The German veteran soared to an incredible 13-shot victory at Royal Porthcawl over the weekend, absolutely smoking the rest of the field in a stellar display that had many wondering if even the younger pros would have been able to compete.

“Bernhard’s a great team man and I’d be thinking very seriously indeed if I was Paul McGinley because even if the young guys had been here they wouldn’t have beaten his score. It was a fantastic performance from him,” said Jacklin over Langer’s possible Ryder Cup inclusion.

This year’s competition takes place from September 23 – 28 at Gleneagles, Scotland, and Europe are currently slim 5/6 favourites with Paddy Power to defend their title.

Jacklin isn’t the only man to back Langer for the honour, either. America captain Tom Watson and former European captain Colin Montgomerie have also said that Langer should be considered for a wildcard pick after his incredible performance.

“I’d certainly be saying to Paul that this guy is playing so well he might be worth a pick,” Watson told reporters after finishing 10th in the Senior Open.

“The way he is hitting it just now Gleneagles is a course that could be played by Bernhard.”

Montgomerie added: “Bernhard Langer’s performance is one of the golfing performances of all time.”

Should Langer be selected, he would become the oldest player in the history of the competition, surpassing American Ray Floyd, who played in the 1993 edition when he was 51 years old.

“We’ve been talking about it for a number of years now because I’ve been playing some really good golf the last six or seven years,” Langer said. “But I’m not sure I’m on the radar screen of Paul McGinley.

“It’s up to the captain. I certainly feel my golf is worthy of playing in the Ryder Cup.”

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