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.