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Bernhard Langer can set a golf record that might never be broken

Bernhard Langer can set a golf record that might never be broken

It’s not Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak. It doesn’t really compare to LeBron James becoming the all-time leading scorer in NBA history. It’s not the same as any of the 61 NHL records held by Wayne Gretzky.

But still, seemingly when – not if – Bernhard Langer sets the mark for most wins in PGA Tour Champions history, it’s going to be a record that will likely stand for years.

When Langer won the Chubb Classic in Florida two weeks ago, he earned career victory No. 45 to tie Hale Irwin, whose last title came in January of 2007. Langer then had a special message for Irwin.

“Hale, if you’re watching, congratulations,” Langer said. “You’re a great champion, and I’m honored to have tied your record. We need a toast for the glass of champagne or something.”

Looking at the top 10

A look at the rest of the top 10 winners reveals no active golfers.

Rank Player Wins
T-1 Hale Irwin 45
T-1 Bernhard Langer 45
3 Lee Trevino 29
T-4 Bob Charles 25
T-4 Gil Morgan 25
6 Miller Barber 24
T-7 Don January 22
T-7 Gary Player 22
T-7 Chi Chi Rodriguez 22
T-10 Jim Colbert 20
T-10 Bruce Crampton 20

When taking a look out to the top 25 on the all-time wins list, a few current players show up, but they’re well down the list.

Rank Player Wins
T-12 George Archer 19
T-12 Larry Nelson 19
T-14 Bruce Fleisher 18
T-14 Jay Haas 18
T-14 Mike Hill 18
T-17 Fred Couples 14
T-17 Raymond Floyd 14
T-17 Dave Stockton 14
T-17 Tom Watson 14
T-21 Loren Roberts 13
T-21 Jim Thorpe 13
T-21 Miguel Angel Jimenez 13
T-24 Jim Dent 12
T-24 Tom Lehman 12
T-24 Steve Stricker 12

Jay Haas checks in as the next highest active player. He has 18 wins, 27 back, but he’s 69 years old. Then there’s Fred Couples with 14 win, 31 back, but he’s 63, just two years younger than Langer.

Miguel Angel Jimenez (13) and Steve Stricker (12) have piled up some wins in the last couple years and they’re a threat to win again any time they tee it up but the reality is they’re simply not on a pace to catch Langer.

It might have to take one of the Champions tour’s relative newcomers the next decade or more to track Langer down. And that’s assuming Langer doesn’t push the mark to 50 or beyond before he’s done.

Jim Furyk has three Champions wins and he’s 52. Padraig Harrington, 51, has four senior wins already.

Maybe it’ll be Steve Alker, a career journeyman who instantly found a home on the senior circuit when turned 50 in…


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