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Bernhard Langer is out indefinitely following Achilles tendon tear

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The golfer who has won the most PGA Tour Champions tournaments in history will be out of action for a long time because of injury.

Bernhard Langer (66) announced on Friday that he tore the Achilles tendon Thursday during a training session in Boca Raton. Two weeks ago he finished T-22 at the PGA Tour Champions season opener 2024 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 rely on both as i work towards a competitive return.

“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 Master’s is April 11-14.

He has won 12 senior major championships and 46 PGA Tour Champions victories, the most of all time.

The Achilles tendon connects the foot and leg. It runs up the back of ankle. It runs along the bottom of the calf. It directs movements from the leg down to the foot. This includes 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.

As we age, the odds of Achilles tendon injury increase. According to Mayo Clinic. Most Achilles injuries occur between 30 and 40. The injury is five times more common in men than it is in women.

Langer, who won the U.S. Senior Open in July, a record-breaking Champions win, is the defending champ at the Chubb classic, to be held at Tiburon Golf Club on February 16-18.

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