The 64-year-old was a foot away from the Masters in History Leadership? Yeah.

Bernhard Langer hits the tee Friday on the fourth hole at Augusta National.

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Swing, hold the pose, push the driver forward, slide the stick on his toes, walk down the lane.

Repeat 27 times. And nearly 28.

While we strive to provide the most in-depth description of this Masters championship, there’s nothing else to write on the outstanding leadership lessons Bernard Langer gave at the Augusta National on Thursday and Friday. This is not a hit on the Langer. It was remarkably effective. It was almost perfect. There are 28 routes accessible here. And he almost hit them all – with just one foot. Nobody was better this year.

And no one is older. At 64 years old, he is the oldest player on the field.

Fred Coples Jaffa lines up on the second green during the first round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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“I think it’s great what Bernard Langer has done,” Tom Watson, 72, said Thursday after his honorary shot that helped open the tournament. “He – two years ago he was very close to the top in the last round.

“I have to say this about Bernard. Bernhard works harder at the game, he plays the game harder. He has the case that works harder than any other case device. Both are the best. I remember Jack [Nicklaus] I say I won many championships because I beat everyone else.

“You don’t have to play better. That’s one of the things when I learned – I came on the round, I thought I should play perfect golf to have a chance maybe until I get a chance or definitely to win the championship. I had to play my best. No, You have to play smart. That’s why I was talking about how – I watched and learned from the guys on the training rounds and how they were playing the golf course.

“Bernard is that kind of person.”

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In fact. During Thursday’s first round, Langer hit all 14 lanes. On Friday, it was in the middle at 1, down the left side at 2, down the middle at 3 and down the right side at 5.

At 450 yards, 4 par, Langer leaned to his left, trying to push his shot to the right. He couldn’t.

It settled into the right raw by no more than 12 inches.

At 9, it just started again.

A look at Bernard Langer’s second-round tee shots:

First (445 yards, bar-4): 249 yards down the middle of the fairway
Second (575 yards, bar-5): 273 yards down the left side of the fairway
Third (350 yards, bar-4): 214 yards down the middle of the fairway
Fifth (495 yard bar-4): 271 yards down the right side of the fairway
Seventh: (450 yards, bar-4): 289 yards in the first cut on the right
Eighth (570 yards, 5 bar): 261 yards down the left side of the fairway
Ninth (460 yards, bar-4): 313 yards down the middle of the fairway
Tenth (495 yards, bar-4): 284 yards down the left side of the fairway
Eleventh (520 yards, bar-4): 276 yards down the left side of the fairway
Thirteenth (510 yards, bar-5): 259 yards down the left side of the fairway
Fourteenth (440 yards, bar-4): 267 yards down the middle of the fairway
15th (550 yards, bar-5): 241 yards down the right side of the fairway
17th (440 yards, bar-4): 264 yards down the right side of the fairway
18 465 yards, bar-4: 261 yards down the left side of the fairway

Nick Piastovsky

Nick Piastovsky

Golf.com Editor

Nick Piastovsky is a senior editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native will probably play the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, drinking a cold beer to wash down his score. You can reach him about any of these topics – his stories, his game, or his beer – at nick.piastowski@golf.com.

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