Bernhard Langer says cheating can 'be tempting' as he offered his thoughts on Justin Doeden.
If the name sounds unfamiliar, Doeden is a 28-year-old tour pro who last week confessed to cheating during a PGA Tour Canada event.
He altered his score after the fact, etching a five instead of a double bogey seven onto his scorecard.
Had he not been rumbled, his score would have seen 13 players miss the cut as a result of his dishonesty.
Doeden then fessed up, stating 'this is not who I am' as he apologised to his family, competitors and sponsors.
I am here to confess of the biggest mistake I have made in my life to date. I cheated in golf. This is not who I am. I let my sponsors down. I let my competitors down. I let my family down. I let myself down. I pray for your forgiveness. John 1:9 @acaseofthegolf1— Justin Doeden (@jdoeden11) July 24, 2023
Langer said Doeden's actions were 'disappointing' but offered some thoughts ahead of the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl.
The German pro, now 65 years old, thinks golf is unique. He asked: "What other sport penalises yourself?"
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There is no denying the life of a professional golfer - even a successful one - can at times be gruelling.
The expenses rack up and after you've paid your caddie, paid your travel and hotel expenses and lord knows what else there's not much left.
Langer reckons this comes into some players' thinking:
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