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This trophy was awarded to Bernhard Langer upon winning the 1997 Italian Open, one of his 42 European Tour victories.

Bernhard donated this trophy to us - the German Club Golf Group in 2022.

The trophy will now be awarded to the winner of the season long points race to crown the German Club's Top Golfer of the Year. The name of the winner will be engraved on the display plate of the trophy, while the cup remains on exhibit at the German Club.

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BERNHARD LANGER WANDERPOKAL

The 1997 Italian Open Trophy
"a Significant 
Memorabilia"

In 1996, Bernhard Langer was battling putting problems and he changed to the long putter. It took a while to get adjusted to it.  The breakthrough came at the 1997 Italian Open, the first tournament he won with the broom-handle putter.

2nd place went to José Maria Olazabal, 3rd place Darren Clark. Tied for 6th among others, were Lee Westwood and Costantino Rocca. 

Bernhard went on to win the Benson & Hedges International in Great Britain the following week. The win at the 1997 Italian Open had restarted his career.

 

The field at the Italian Open included most players of the 1997 European Ryder Cup team. Langer was an integral part of that winning European team which beat the USA in Valderama. On a dramatic last day, Bernhard's 2:1 win on the dramatic No.17 assured that the Ryder Cup was retained on European soil for another 2 years.

We all know what happened since then, up and until today.

 

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FROM THE EUROPEAN TOUR ARCHIVE:
LANGER WINS ITALY EPIC
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BERNHARD LANGER DURING THE 1997 ITALIAN OPEN

Message from the CEO of the Langer Golf GmbH
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