Bernhard Langer tore his Achilles tendon while exercising and had surgery Friday, putting the 66-year-old German player out of golf during a year when he planned to play the Masters one last time.

Langer last year broke Hale Irwin’s record for PGA Tour Champions victories when he won twice and reached 46 titles on the 50-and-older circuit.

He is a two-time Masters champion, the first one coming in 1985, and was preparing for an emotional farewell to Augusta National in April. Masters champions have a lifetime exemption, and it’s possible Langer could return next year instead for that one last Masters.

“Yesterday, during training exercises in Boca Raton, I tore my Achilles tendon. I will have surgery today to repair the injury, which will cause me to miss time playing competitive golf as I recover,” Langer said in a statement through the PGA Tour. “Throughout my career, faith and family have been my bedrocks, providing me strength and guiding me through difficult times. I will lean on both as I work towards a return to competition.”

It was not clear how long Langer would be out, although typically it takes at least four months after surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon before normal walking is possible.