ORLANDO, Fla. -- Maybe someday, when Bernhard Langer is bouncing a grandchild on his knee, the kid will ask how his Hall of Fame granddaddy's 27-year streak of playing at the Masters came to an end.
Hopefully, by then, Langer will have concocted a sexier story to unveil, because the truth is sorta embarrasing.
The Champions Tour star and two-time Masters winner had surgery on his left thumb Wednesday and will be out of commission for the next eight weeks, meaning his run at Augusta National has ended.
Langer hurt the thumb in a cycling accident, but that requires an asterisk of sorts. He had slowed down at an intersection near his home in Boca Raton, Fla., and was attempting to press the button on an electric pedestrian unit used at crosswalks when he missed his target and hurt the thumb. An IMG official said Langer hurt the thumb two months ago, tried to play through the pain and actually won a tournament in that span, but got a second opinion recently.
It was originally diagnosed as a sprain.
The surgery was conducted by the same doctor who handled the wrist/hand surgeries of Trevor Immelman and Luke Donald.