It’s an interesting question, and one that European team captain Colin Montgomerie would not dismiss. Langer is leading the Champions Tour money list for the third straight year, and he demonstrated impressive mental fortitude when he won the Senior British Open at Carnoustie, then flew through eight time zones for the Senior U.S. Open the very next week, and outdueled hometown hero Fred Couples at Sahalee. (By the way, what is with the back-to-back majors on different continents?)
“He (Langer) said afterward that he used everything he had learned in the Ryder Cup to overcome a very vocal home support, and I think it wouldn’t be such a dramatic move to have someone of that age and that experience in the team,” Montgomerie said.
“It wouldn’t be such an out-of-the-blue pick. I think he’s playing as well as he ever has and he’s said he is. And I know through having played with Bernhard Langer that he is as good a partner as anyone could ever have.”