2017 Masters: Five Past Winners to Keep an Eye On

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Bernhard Langer — 1985, 1993

With a whopping 30 Champions Tour victories over the last decade, Langer is the golf world’s ageless wonder. While it’s rare to see him tee it up in a PGA Tour event, the German is a two-time winner at the Masters and has logged more rounds at Augusta than just about anyone in this week’s field, making him an intriguing player.

Although he’s now pushing 60, Langer has remained a solid competitor at the Masters. In last year’s event, he played in the penultimate group on Sunday, and although he faded with a 79, he was just one solid round away from a potential victory. Ultimately, he came away from the week with his 15th career top 25 at Augusta, an accomplishment in and of itself.

With a track record like that, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Langer make a similarly solid run this year. He’s also picked up three podium finishes in just five Champions Tour starts this year, including a victory at the rain-shortened Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. A victory from this old-timer would be a truly earth-shattering event for golf, and while it remains a decidedly slim possibility, he’s worth keeping an eye on.