Lost in his 13-stroke victory in the Senior British, several came to Bernhard Langer's defense as a possible Ryder Cup selection, including former lead cart drivers Jacklin and Montgomerie, along with 2014 U.S.A. Captain Watson.
But more intriguing was Langer his ownself not shying away from his desire to be considered. These 57-year-olds and their youthful ignorance!
Tom Hayward of Reuters reports:
“We’ve been talking about it for a number of years now because I’ve been playing some really good golf the last six or seven years,” Langer said. “But I’m not sure I’m on the radar screen of Paul McGinley.
“It’s up to the captain. I certainly feel my golf is worthy of playing in the Ryder Cup.”
Jacklin, Europe’s most successful captain of all time, said he would be considering Langer for a wildcard pick if he was in charge.
“Bernhard’s a great team man...and I’d be thinking very seriously indeed if I was Paul McGinley because even if the young guys had been here they wouldn’t have beaten his score,” said Jacklin who was working as a TV commentator at Porthcawl.
In this week's SI Golf Plus digital package, Michael Bamberger makes a definitive case for Langer and against Tiger for Team USA with plenty of common sense for why you make captain's picks (to win!). Like he says, not a real reason to pick Langer, but how fun would it be to see a Langer (57) vs. Spieth (21) singles match?