07/25 14:56 CDT 7-shot lead for Langer at Senior British Open
7-shot lead for Langer at Senior British Open
BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) --- Bernhard Langer has a seven-stroke cushion to take
into the third round of the Senior British Open after shooting a 5-under 66
Friday to add to his opening 65.
The German is on 11-under 131 overall at a sunny Royal Porthcawl with
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and South African-based Englishman Chris Williams
tied for second on 4-under 138.
Montgomerie shot 66 while Williams added a 70 to his opening 68.
Spaniard Pedro Linhart (69) was a further shot back in fourth, while Americans
Bob Tway (73) and Tom Watson (66) shared fifth on 2-under 140.
Watson had a faultless round of 66 with three birdies, an eagle at the 18th and
no dropped shots.
Langer was beaten in a playoff by Mark Wiebe of the United States in last
year's championship at Royal Birkdale after blowing a two-stroke lead on the
final hole when he failed to get out of a greenside bunker.
"It still hurts when I think about it," Langer said. "If you put me in that
situation a hundred times, I think I would win 98 or 99."
Langer started with a bogey five at the opening hole when he pulled a 4-iron
into a bad lie, hit his second over the green and didn't get up and down.
He recovered with three straight birdies from the fourth, hitting a sand-wedge
to six feet, a 3-iron to seven feet and chipped his third to three feet on the
par-five sixth and sank it.
Two more birdies came at Nos. 11 and 12, he saved his par at the 14th with a
15-foot putt, then hit a drive and a 5-iron to 10 feet at the 18th and just
missed his eagle attempt.
"I played very aggressive and smart today," said Langer, who was champion at
Carnoustie in 2010. "I missed a couple of opportunities early on but I'm very
pleased overall. Playing good golf on a great course is a lot of fun. But you
have to be very careful, very smart and hopefully execute properly."
Montgomerie hit back from dropping strokes at the first two holes to post six
birdies in the next seven, including five on the run from the fifth, for 31 on
the first nine holes. He then got two more on the way and just one dropped shot.
Despite the impressive round, he wasn't hopeful.
"I've got a massive mountain to climb to catch Bernhard," admitted Montgomerie.
Tway, only two behind Langer overnight, got to 5 under with a birdie at the
sixth, but then slipped to level par before closing with two birdies.
Fred Couples had to settle for a par 71, while Tom Pernice Jr. came back from
an opening 78 to bag eight birdies and drop just one shot for 64 and the best
round of the tournament so far.
Wiebe, playing with Langer, made an early exit after shooting 77 for an 11-over
153 --- some 22 strokes worse than the man he beat last year.