Senior British Open 2014: Convincing Win Proves Bernhard Langer Is King of Tour

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Senior British Open 2014: Convincing Win Proves Bernhard Langer Is King of Tour
Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

There was no Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth or Tiger Woods contending with Bernhard Langer at the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, but the 56-year-old played like a young man amongst seniors en route to a 13-shot win.

Per Justin Ray of the Golf Channel, the win was the largest in Champions Tour history.

On Sunday, Langer punctuated his performance with a five-under 67 to finish 18 under par for the tournament. When Sunday's round was over, Langer was modest, but he acknowledged how well he played.

Per The Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) Langer said:

The golf course is unbelievably tough. To have this weather for four days is unreal, it's like playing in Florida with a bit of wind. The secret was I didn't make too many mistakes and my driver was very good and my long putting was excellent, although not quite today as I was lacking a little. Perhaps my lead was too big.

Don't think for a second the course was an easy one. Veteran golfer Colin Montgomerie, who finished a distant second, said this after Langer's stellar showing:

This was a brute of a golf course with no wind, never mind with the wind. But what I would like to say is that Bernhard Langer's performance here is one of the golfing performances of all time. And I'd like to say, Rory McIlroy and his group of friends, bring it on here. ... Remarkable, remarkable play and all credit to him.

After this wipeout, what should be made of such a dominating performance by the 56-year-old German? If nothing else, the win proves that on his best four days, Langer could hang with the top players on the PGA and European Tour.

He hasn't played PGA events this year, but if you look at the way he's dominating the Champions Tour, it almost looks as if he's too good to be there.

Sunday's win was his fourth of the year and ninth top-five finish. As a matter of fact, in his 14 outings this season, Langer has only fallen short of the top 10 once.

Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

He's clearly the leader in wins and prize money amongst those on the Champions Tour.

If you follow the players over 50, you know Langer's excellence in 2014 is nothing new. He's dominated the Champions Tour since 2008. Langer is well on his way to taking home the most money again this season with a haul of $2,308,380.

If things remain as they are, this will be the fifth time in six years that Langer has been atop the money leaderboard.

Langer won two Masters in his career (1985 and 1993) before moving on to the Champions Tour, but it's clear he hasn't lost much. If given the opportunity, Langer would have a real chance to shine against men 20 to 35 years his junior.

For now, he's the king of the seniors.

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