The winningest golfer in PGA Tour Champions history is going to miss significant time because of an injury.
Bernhard Langer, 66, announced Friday he tore his Achilles tendon during a training exercise Thursday in Boca Raton, Florida. Two weeks ago, he finished T-22 in the PGA Tour Champions 2024 season opener in Hawaii.
“I will have surgery today to repair the injury, which will cause me to miss time playing competitive golf as I recover,” Langer said in a statement. “Throughout my career, faith and family have been my bedrocks, providing me strength and guiding me through difficult times. I will lean on both as I work towards a return to competition.
“I appreciate everyone’s support during this time, and I look forward to seeing the fans and my fellow competitors back on the course soon.”
Langer also announced last month this year’s Masters would be his last. He’s a two-time champion of the event. The 2024 Masters is April 11-14.
He has 46 wins on the PGA Tour Champions, the most all-time, and 12 senior major championships.
The Achilles is the tendon that goes up the back of the ankle and connects the foot to the leg. It runs from the heel bone to the bottom of the calf muscle. It directs movement from the leg to the foot, including pointing and flexing.
Full recovery from an Achilles tendon injury can take up to 12 months, meaning it’s unlikely we see him play at the Masters.
The odds of injuring an Achilles tendon increase with age, according to the Mayo Clinic. Most Achilles injuries happen between the ages of 30 and 40. Men are five times more likely to experience the injury than women.
Langer is the defending champion at the Chubb Classic, Feb. 16-18, at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, as well as the U.S. Senior Open, which was his record-setting Champions victory last summer.