The Senior Open Championship. Play Suspended

 

Mark Wiebe -4 under par 66 and Bernhard Langer even par round 70 for the final round are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the last round of the Senior Open Championship. Both players are tied at -9 under par for the tournament.

The play-off was suspended due to dangerous weather conditions, the chance of lightning at Royal Birkdale, and will resume tomorrow morning at 0800.

 

Tied in third place were Corey Pavin, Peter Senior and David Frost, all at -6 under par for the tournament.

Champions Tour. U.S. Senior Open Kenny Perry Peaks

Kenny Perry peaked at the U.S. Senior Open on the Champions Tour at the Omaha Country Club.

 

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Kenny Perry shot a last round of -7  under par 63 to win the U.S. Senior Open by five shots from Fred Funk. Kenny amazingly over came a 10 shot deficit at the 36 hole stage, to win with a -13 under par score. This win is Kenny’s second straight senior Major win on the Champions Tour, and he wondered why it took so long;

” It all came together, why, after all these years.  Here I am, almost 53 years old, and it finally came together for me. This is by far the biggest tournament I ever won. I lost the playoff at the Masters and the PGA playoff. I didn’t get the job done. Now to have a USGA title, it’s an Open, it’s our Open, it’s what the players play for. To finally get it, even though it’s a Senior Open, I still regard it as a very high honor. Today’s round was probably the greatest round I’ve ever played, I just was spot on with all my irons. I putted like Ben Crenshaw. It’s just been a remarkable month. I’ve had a great run.”

Fred Funk was in second place at -8 under par, and admitted he got smoked;

He put it to us, six under yesterday, seven today, back-to-back. It’s kind of what he did two weeks ago at Fox Chapel. He just smoked the field on the weekend. He just lapped us.”

 Rocco Mediate and Corey Pavin were tied in third place at -7 under par for the tournament, but well off the pace of Kenny, as was everyone else.

 

Crowne Plaza Invitational. 2nd Round Suspended, Kuchar Leads.

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Matt Kuchar is at the top of the leaderboard at the suspension of play in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club.

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Matt and all the other afternoon players had to endure more than two hours of delay in the second round of the tournament, due to dangerous weather conditions, that included lightning  But that obviously did not upset Matt too much, as he climbed up to the top of the leaderboard. He currently has a one shot lead, being at -10 under par after 15 holes of his second round. The horn blew again just after Matt had hit his tee shop on the par 3, 16th, it was the second interruption of play on the day.

” That’s a bit of a bummer, it’s no fun to wake up at 4:30 to get out here and play three holes. But we get used to it for what we do. I really got off to a great start, and then I kept playing some good golf. This course can give you trouble, but if you are hitting it good, you can make some birdies out here.I was hitting it good and able to fire at some pins today.”

Graham DeLaet, who has completed his second round is currently one shot adrift of the leader, at -9 under par for the tournament, and is also the clubhouse leader. Graham admitted the dreaded Horrible Horse-shoe got to him today, three bogeys at 3,4 and 5.
“It definitely got me today.”

 

Defending champion Zach Johnson is -5 under par through 16 holes and has moved to -6 under for the tournament.

The projected cut line is -1 under par.and if that cut line holds, the players who have already finished their rounds at even par or worse include: Charl Schwartzel, 15th in the world rankings; Corey Pavin, who was making his 30th Colonial start; David Hearn, who opened with a 64 on Thursday but shot a +8-over par 78 on Friday, which included a quadruple bogey at the par-3, 13th where he hit two balls into the water off the tee.

U.S. Senior Open Championship, Langer Leads

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Bernhard Langer made nine birdies on his way to a -6 under par, 64 during the third round of the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Indianwood Golf and Country Club. The score gives Bernhard a four shot advantage over the field going into the last round Sunday. If he wins it will once again raise the question of anchoring the long putter, is it an unfair advantage.

Bernhard himself did not think he played that well, just putted well;

” The only difference really was just I made some putts. I probably played worse than I played the first two days. The first two days I made very little, and I guess the course owed me some. I made a bunch of putts today. It was really fun. Hoping to go really low and then made an error on No. 13.”

There are five players who are four shots adrift of the lead, and they will all have to pull out something special tomorrow if they want to win this tournament, or simply hope that Bernhard falls over. Given Bernhard’s exceptional record I can not see that eventuality happening.

The players waiting for a chance at -6 under par, are; Tom Pernice  Jr, Corey Pavin, Roger Chapman, Tom Lehman and John Huston.

 

 

 

PGA U.S. Senior Open Championship

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Lance Ten Broeck leads the PGA U.S. Senior Championship by one shot at Indianwood Golf & Country Club, scoring a -2 under par, 68 for his second round, and a tournament total of -6 under par. One shot off the lead is yesterdays magical man Tom Kite, who came down to earth today just easing his way round the course in par, a 70, settling for a -5 under par total.

Lance is the full-time caddie for Tim Herron, and a part-time player, he has a reasonable chance to make about $500,000 on Sunday after earning less than half that total in his best year as a caddie. Lance said about his bag carrying job;

” Caddying is a lot easier than playing, that’s why you get paid more money to play. I figured I should be able to make the cut, but I never figured that I’d be in the last group on Saturday.”

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Tom Kite was philosophic about his comedown during the second round;

” It’s a sadistic game, it drives us all crazy. As Harvey Pernick said; It’s such an easy game to play, it’s just such a hard game to play well. In a championship like this, we’re trying to play very well, and they’ve given us a stern test on a golf course that is very tricky. The greens are very severe in a number of places.”

Tom knows all about Lance, and his ability;

“I played a bunch of golf with Lance when he was in Austin. He’s had so much talent for so many years and to a lot of people’s minds didn’t take advantage of all the talent that he has.”

There are six players tied in third place at -4 under par, American’s John Huston, Tom Lehman, Dick Mast and Corey Pavin, they are joined by two European’s, Germany’s Bernhard Langer and Roger Chapman of England.

Roger is happy with the layout of the Indianwood course;

“I’m quite happy with it. My first impression, apart from the trees, was a type of linksy place. So having grown up on sort of Royal St. Georges, Royal St. Paul, Little Stan, those courses down there on the South Coast, yes, it’s nice. It also reminded me of a golf course that Nick Faldo designed in Berlin. Very similar, sort of humps and hillocks and wispy grass, has that look. Nobody can get away from anybody. People are not making mistakes. They’re not making many birdies. They’re sort of hanging around, 2 under, 1 under, level par, 1 over. And anybody that’s still to shoot maybe 66-66 at the weekend from the back of the field has got a chance. I guess I’d probably take a couple of 67s myself and see what happens. With the severity of the course and the driving, I don’t think anybody’s really going to get away from us. I think Sunday afternoon could be quite exciting.”

The cut was made at +4 over par, and those notables missing the cut were;

Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson, Eduardo Romero, Gil Morgan, Kenny Perry, Hal Sutton, Chip Beck and the Walrus Craig Stadler.