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Golf Business News – Langer prepares to say goodbye to the DP World Tour in Munich

Bernhard Langer ends his dazzling career on the DP World Tour this week with his tee shot at the BMW International Open in Munich.

The 66-year-old will be competing in the DP World Tour in Europe for the 513th and final time at the Munich Eichenried Golf Club, just 96 kilometers from his hometown of Anhausen, thus ending the chapter of a 50-year career.

When the official world golf rankings were introduced in 1986, Langer was the sport's first world number one, a year after winning his first of two Green Jackets at the Masters Tournament.

With 42 victories on the European Tour at the time, he is the second most successful golfer in the history of the DP World Tour. Only Seve Ballesteros tops the list with 50 victories. The German has also won three times on the PGA TOUR and is one of only five players to have won professional tournaments on all six golf continents.

The two-time European leader is also the most successful golfer in the history of over-50s golf, having won a record 12 senior major championships and over 50 titles in total, including a record 46 victories on the PGA TOUR Champions.

He will play his last DP World Tour event in front of his home fans and alongside two of his good friends and German golf greats, Martin Kaymer and Marcel Siem, who last week won his sixth title at the Italian Open presented by the Emilia Romagna region.

The BMW International Open is the final event of the European round of the Race to Dubai, and South African Throston Lawrence returns to defend the title he won impressively last year.

Bernhard Langer said: “I have never said goodbye to anything in golf before, this will be my first experience and I have the feeling that it will be very emotional.

“It means a lot to me to play in front of my home crowd. And hopefully I can make the cut, but I've heard that the golf course is a lot longer than it used to be and that's a challenge for me.

“I’m getting smaller and the distance is getting longer and that’s not a good combination.

“I grew up about 45 minutes from here. Thirty minutes away, I worked as an Assistant Professional at the Munich Country Club.

“I have a lot of friends, some family and just people who have supported me in golf for many, many years and who have supported me. And of course I have played this tournament many times.”