Bernhard Langer is excited to be playing link golf this week as he heads to Royal Porthcawl to play in the Senior Open Championship, reports Sky Sports.
The German is a regular performer on the US Champions Tour and has achieved ten consecutive top ten finishes.
However, the 56-year old is delighted to be back by the British seaside and reveals he enjoys the conditions.
“The thing I enjoy the most is the firmness of the ground and how you can just nip the ball,” he told the European Tour's official website. “It makes a certain sound when you hit it as well, and you can create some spin.
Langer, who last won the Senior Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2010, also finds the courses exciting, believing that European courses require more imagination than course in America.
It’s interesting round the greens too - you have so many options. You can use a four iron, a seven iron or a nine iron, or even a lob wedge. You just need imagination to see the shot. Some courses we play on have six inches of rough, so there's no options. But here, you can almost use any club in the bag and that makes it fun.”
Langer will be hoping to go one better than than last year when he lost to Mark Wiebe in a play-off. However he has fond memories of Wales, the scene of his maiden European Tour victory back in 1980 at the Dunlop Masters in Chepstow.
It’s great to be in Wales,” he added. “I fondly remember my first win all those years ago, and believe I did well here a year later.
"So Wales has been good to me. This is certainly a gem of a links course that can measure up to any of the iconic links venues, so that makes it even better and I can’t wait to get started.”
Langer will be in good company when he gets his challenge under alongside defending champion Wiebe and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Spaniard is making his Senior Tour debut this week and is the oldest winner in the history of the European Tour.
Langer, who has won the US Masters twice, is relishing playing alongside two talented golfers.
Miguel is one of the best over 50 players in the world and Mark Wiebe is defending here, so it's certainly a great draw,” said Langer.
“I was playing with Jiménez a couple of months ago when he first played on the Champions Tour, and he won and I finished second. I enjoyed my couple days with him. I'm sure we're going to have some fun going around here as well."
Langer became the sport's first official number one ranked player in the world in 1986 and has won three senior major championships since turning 50. Earlier this month he won the Constellation Senior Players Championship at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh.
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