Bernhard Langer back to protect PNC title but with daughter Jackie

Bernhard Langer has received the Masters 2 times, getting residence the environmentally friendly jacket in 1985 and once again in 1993.

He’s also the all-time main funds winner on the PGA Tour Champions with more than $30 million thanks in huge aspect to his 41 event titles.

But he considers the PNC Championship to be just as huge a deal.

“As you most likely know by now, it’s one of my beloved occasions,” Langer explained Friday at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando right after the second of two professional-ams this 7 days. “I glance ahead to playing the majors every single yr and this is right up there with any event, just because it’s about family members and it’s about staying with your little ones, getting ready to show my young ones what I do for a dwelling.”

The party was for years billed the Father-Son Challenge but it’s now officially the PNC Championship. There are not only fathers and sons playing – this year there’s a father-in-legislation, a stepson, a grandson as effectively as one of the very best LPGA players of all time in Annika Sorenstam, who’s participating in with her dad. She fits the invoice since the most important entry prerequisite is currently being a important winner.

Langer not only seriously likes the tournament, he’s also played perfectly in it. He and his son Jason gained it in 2019. They also paired up to acquire it in 2015. In 2005 and 2006, he and son Stefan went back-to-again.

This time all around, it’s his daughter Jackie actively playing as his companion.

“Like my dad said, it’s an honor to be below,” she mentioned. “It’s astounding just to be with all the men and women that he receives to get the job done with, the legends. Acquiring alongside one another like this is generally unique.”

Jackie wasn’t at first established to participate this time about. A mother of an 8-thirty day period previous, she is filling in for Jason, who lately hurt his again taking part in tennis. If Jason were healthier, he’d be in Orlando with father due to the fact of a family rule.

“I have four young ones and they’ve all performed in this match. We designed a deal some a long time again,” Bernhard stated. “If for some motive we earn, that little one gets the opportunity to defend.

“That’s why Jackie’s listed here and I’m thrilled that we can be out there to do this together.”

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Growing up the child of a well known golfer was distinctive, Jackie mentioned.

“It has its professionals and disadvantages but I didn’t know anything at all distinctive,” she explained. “It was wonderful to see Father at home and then out in the highlight and he’s the exact male. He’s a hard employee, he’s humble. It is tough in the feeling that we might not get a standard so-identified as childhood but we had so quite a few added benefits of vacation and viewing the globe.”

And now she will get to tee it up with her father. Group Langer is paired with Crew Daly (John and son Minimal John) for the to start with spherical on Saturday. The two-day party concludes on Sunday most likely with a third Langer pairing posing for pics in the winner’s circle.