Bernhard Langer says goodbye to his European tour with a courageous performance in Germany

It was – as is so often the case with Bernhard Langer – an impressive performance, but it was not enough to make the cut at the BMW International Open.

With a score of 1 over 73 on Friday in Munich, Langer landed two strokes under the cut line and thus ended his final appearance on the DP World Tour.

Langer, 66, has taken part in 513 European tournaments. He won 42 times, only Seve Ballesteros (50) was better. His National Open was not part of this winning streak, but it was the perfect place for him to say goodbye.

“It's hard to put into words,” Langer said after his round. “It's a dream come true.”

He didn't give up without a fight. After opening with a 1-under-par 71, Langer battled for par after par on the second day. At even par for the tournament and an eagle to have any chance of winning the weekend, Langer picked up his driver for his second shot on the par-5 18th hole. His ball hit the water, but he got it up and down for par and made a 10-foot putt for a neat wrap.

Langer was scheduled to bid farewell to the Masters in April, but suffered an Achilles injury while playing pickleball in February. He returned less than three months later – pushing his Augusta retirement back to 2025 – and has since played in six PGA Tour Champions events.

Langer has long been a golf prodigy, working as an assistant professional at the nearby Munich Country Club and turning professional in 1972. It took him eight years to win his first European Tour event, but 41 more followed, including the 1985 and 1993 Masters (in addition to a regular PGA Tour title, the 1985 event at Harbour Town, a week after his first major).

During his lifetime, he participated in ten European Ryder Cup teams and was captain of the winning team in 2004 (which crushed the USA by 9 points on American soil).

The German has also had to endure several battles with the yips throughout his career, including a career-shattering moment in 1991 when he missed from 5 feet 10 inches, allowing the USA to win the infamous “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup on Kiawah Island.

After turning 50 in 2007, Langer won his first Champions event — and kept winning. His victory at last year's U.S. Senior Open was his record-breaking on the racetrack.