Bernhard Langer of Germany became the oldest player to make the 36-hole cut at the Augusta Masters, bettering the record set by USAs Tommy Aaron in 2000 by 33 days. Langer was 63 years and 78 days old when he made the cut on Friday.
He carded 68 in the opening round and 73 in the second round to end tied for 27th place at three-under for the tournament. The top 50 players and ties made the cut.
“It makes me feel older when I play with these young guys and I see how far they hit it and how short I hit it,” Langer was quoted as saying by ESPN.com. “I like this golf course. I think I know how to get around it, even though I hit very long clubs. But it’s certainly not easy.”
“I wasn’t sure if there was an unwritten rule for an age limit for past champions to play in the Masters, so I did ask the question of Chairman Fred Ridley. I am 63 and I am the oldest player in the field this year. He said that as long as we can stand upright and play golf, we are welcome to play, and that we will all know when the time is right to stop playing.”
Langer, who played his first Major in 1976, had won the Augusta Masters title in 1985 and 1993.