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Ryder Cup legends back Langer for Gleneagles

Langer collected the Senior Open trophy after an emphatic 13-stroke win in Wales (©GettyImages)
Langer collected the Senior Open trophy after an emphatic 13-stroke win in Wales (©GettyImages).

Colin Montgomerie and Tony Jacklin have urged Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul Mcginley to seriously consider former team-mate and fellow European Bernhard Langer for selection when the two continents collide at Gleneagles this autumn. 

The German cruised to a record-equalling 13-shot victory at this week's Senior Open, and following that annihilation at Royal Porthcawl in Wales, British bookies Ladbrokes have him at 20-1 to make the team this fall. 

Even the USA's captain, Tom Watson, has spoken openly of how Langer could potentially deserve one of McGinley's wildcard picks. 

Oldest participant? 

"I'd certainly be saying to Paul that this guy [Langer] is playing so well he might deserve a pick," Watson told reporters following Sunday's final round. 

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

If McGinley surprisingly went for the double major champion, he would become the oldest player to ever play in the competition for either side. America's Raymond Floyd was 51 when he teed it up at The Belfry, where, ironically, Langer was European captain and Watson was US captain. The US prevailed 15-13 at Walton Heath that year.

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And Scot Montgomerie, who won the season's first two senior Majors before finishing a distant second behind Langer in Wales, believes even Rory McIlroy would have had trouble keeping pace with the runaway German this weekend. 

Team man

He also added: "His performance is one of the golfing performances of all time." 

Jacklin, himself a two-time major winner and Ryder Cup legend after captaining the side no less than four times as well as seven playing appearances between '67 and '83, also believes Irishman McGinley should have Langer in his thoughts when he announces his three wildcards in early September.

"Bernhard's a great team man, and I'd be thinking very seriously indeed if I was McGinley, because even if the young guys had been here they wouldn't have beaten his score. It was a fantastic performance from him," he said.

Worthy 

Langer himself does not believe he is in consideration for a spot on the 12-man strong team, but admitted he thought his golf was 'worthy' of a Ryder Cup.

"It's up to the captain, but I'm not sure I'm on the radar screen of Paul McGinley. I certainly feel as if my is worthy of playing in the Ryder Cup." 

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