Striding down the fairways of Carnoustie on Sunday, battling for the British Senior Open Championship, Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin, both toned and fit, were perfect models, not only for the Champions Tour, but for the virtues of Christianity.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Langer, 52, looks almost exactly like he did at age 35, when he won his second Masters Championship. Likewise for the 50-year-old Pavin -- also a major championship winner at age 35 when he captured the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. He had hair and a mustache then, but his 5-foot-9, 155-pound body remains the same.
"Neither one has gained a pound in the last 30 years," gushed ESPN analyst Curtis Strange.
Since being "born again" in their 30s, Langer and Pavin have not been shy about their religious enlightenment. To their credit, both wear it well, and it's not just about physical fitness.
Formerly reclusive and surly, Pavin has seemingly attained a state of grace. A decade ago, Pavin's image was such it would have been unthinkable for him to be named Ryder Cup captain. But that's the role he will play in two months at Celtic Manor.
Langer has always been a distant, elusive figure and remains so. But there little question that he's found his happy place as a Champions Tour standout. Sunday was one of his happiest days as he pulled out a one-stroke victory over Pavin to capture his first major on the senior circuit.