Born in a kitchen, and the son of a bricklayer, Langer is a gritty sort who has resurrected himself from the career-killing yips not twice but thrice. "That's what I am the most proud of," he once told a British writer. "Because I know nobody's done that before."
In this country, though, he has been known mostly for his excruciatingly slow play and for missing a six-foot putt on the final hole in the final match to give the 1991 Ryder Cup to the Americans at Kiawah Island, S.C. That putt is generally regarded as one of the most pressure-racked strokes in golf history. "I still feel sorry for my teammates," he says. "But it's past now. I have to live in the future." The way Langer is going, the future is not a bad address.
Late Sunday night, fresh from the traditional (not to mention mandatory) winner's dinner with the Augusta National members, Langer reappeared in the press center to celebrate with the raucous members of his nation's press. They were all last seen heading for the bar. Why not? You know how Germans like to drain a few Beck's.