“I have thought about it,” he said.
“I don’t contemplate it too much because my goal is to get better and improve my game and I know that if I can do that and play close to my best then I can win tournaments and I can win majors and reach 45 Champions Tour wins, but I don’t focus on that.
“My focus is just to be the best Bernhard Langer I can be.
“But I do get reminded about the record every time I play.
“I am just very fortunate and blessed to be in the position to have a chance to reach or surpass Hale’s record.
“Hale and I have spoken about it several times, even a few years ago.
“To be frank for a long time I did not think it would be possible for anyone to reach the record. It is just ridiculous.
“But as time has gone on I have lost a bunch of play-offs over the past two or three, and had they finished in my favour I could have already passed Hale’s record. I will keep trying.”