The Masters - Langer to miss first Masters since 1983
Twice champion Bernhard Langer will miss the US Masters next month for the first time in nearly three decades while recovering from thumb surgery.
Langer, who had surgery in New York on Wednesday after injuring his left thumb in a biking accident, will be sidelined for around two months.
"I'm obviously disappointed that the injury occurred, but especially disappointed with such an important part of my schedule coming up, including the Masters," the 53-year-old German said.
"I do, however, appreciate the fine care of Dr. (Andrew) Weiland and his team, and will work hard to recover to allow me to resume play on the (senior) Champions Tour this summer."
Weiland said Langer would be in a splint for five weeks before beginning his rehabilitation.
"It is anticipated that he will return to golfing activities in approximately eight weeks," he added. "A full recovery is expected."
Langer, who won the Masters in 1985 and 1993, plays most of his golf on the over-50s Champions Tour where he has won 14 times over the last four years.
He made his Masters debut in 1982. He missed the event in 1983 but has played the opening major of the season every year since 1984 onwards.
The 2011 Masters will be held from April 7-10.