Exactly 30 years after Jack Nicklaus’ legendary age-defying win at the Masters, Bernhard Langer is seeking to make his own history.
The 58-year-old fired a two-under 70 on Saturday, moving him to one-under for the tournament and just two strokes behind leader Jordan Spieth. If Langer can make a run on Sunday, he would become the oldest Green Jacket winner in history.
And it wouldn’t even be close.
Nicklaus currently holds that record with his win in ’86, which came at the age of 46. Interestingly enough, Langer had a front row seat to that moment. He finished in a tie for 16th, but after winning in ’85, he was the one who put the Green Jacket on Nicklaus.
Langer would win again in 1993, giving him a pair of Masters victories before Spieth was even born. He has nine Top-10 Masters finishes in his career, including one at the age of 56 in 2014, so him being near the top of leaderboard isn’t exactly shocking, regardless of age.
Here’s a look at the complete list of players over 40 who have captured Masters victories:
Oldest Masters Winners
1986: Jack Nicklaus, 46 years, 2 months, 24 days
1995: Ben Crenshaw, 43 years, 2 months, 30 days
1978: Gary Player, 42 years, 5 months, 9 days
1954: Sam Snead, 41 years, 10 months, 17 days
1998: Mark O’Meara, 41 years, 3 months
1953: Ben Hogan, 40 years, 7 months, 30 days