Bernhard Langer regains Senior PGA lead with late birdie run


Langer has now equalled Gary Player's record of nine Senior Majors just one week after matching Jack Nicklaus's eight Senior Major titles with his win at the Regions Tradition, and it is hard to argue against him now being described as the best senior golfer the game has ever seen. He tied Jack Nicklaus' record of eight majors last week with a comeback victory in the Regions Tradition.

The 82-year-old South African believes his three Senior Open Championship titles in 1988, 1990 and 1997 should count along with his six other majors for a total of nine.

When play resumed after the delay, Langer grinded out three straight pars in the teeth of the wind before starting his birdie run.

Langer, 59, went into the final round one behind Vijay Singh but shot a four-under 68 to Singh's 70 at Trump National Golf Club in Washington DC. I've had some really low Sunday scores this year and was hoping that this would be another one. "Today, I felt fine. It's hopefully going to get my blood flowing again and hopefully it's going to make up my mind". In 100 years, people will remember that Player and Langer were both spectacular golfers who played as well or better on the senior circuit as they did on the regular one.

Langer pulled ahead of Singh with a 12-foot birdie on the par-4 16th. After missing just three greens in regulation in the first two rounds, he missed seven greens on Saturday.

“The only advantage I may have is maybe some of the par-5s where Im going to be hitting a long iron or getting on to it, and [Langer] has to go with a wood or lay up, ” Singh said. "It actually put a little more pressure on me because I figured, heck, if she's here, I better win this thing". "But I missed a lot of putts out there".

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The final pairing teed off amid steady rain and the weather appeared to bother Singh, who rushed his pre-shot routine.

Much will depend on how the PGA of America decides to set up the Trump Potomic Falls course, a new-built Tom Fazio design that can be played at over 7,600 yards. After a bogey on the 17th, Singh birdied the last to reduce the deficit to one shot, but Langer holed out from two feet to win his latest title. Lehman made amends on 18, the second-easiest hole on the course, after a bogey Thursday.

"I played very well". Scott McCarron and Bob Estes tied for fifth. Langer won the Regions Tradition last week.

Langer was 11 under through 13 holes in the second round when play was stopped Friday, one shot ahead of Vijay Singh, who shot 68 amid wind measured at more than 30 miles per hour.

It was Langer's 32nd win on the PGA Tour Champions, and it's unlikely he would catch Irwin considering that players 60 and older have won only two percent of the 1,099 senior events played since 1980. "For some reason I have not got adjusted to that yet".

There's at least one player who thinks Langer isn't close to being done.