Langer extends lead to 3 in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bernhard Langer posted a 4-under 66 on Saturday and that helped him stretch his lead to three strokes after 54 holes of the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
Langer ended three rounds at 15-under-par 195. His total of 195 matched Fred Couples' 54-hole scoring record from last season.
Defending champion Kenny Perry carded a 5-under 65 to move into second place at minus-12.
Russ Cochran fired a 7-under 63 to soar into a share of third place at 11- under 199. He was joined there by Joe Durant (67) and Bill Glasson (68).
Jeff Sluman (64) is alone in sixth at 10-under 200 at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Langer and Perry were two of the four players that had at least a piece of the lead during the third round.
Perry opened with a birdie on the first and a 10-foot eagle putt on the second to move into a tie for the lead. He tripped to a bogey on the third, but bounced back with a kick-in birdie on the fifth to regain a share of the lead.
The six-time Champions Tour winner moved to 11-under and one stroke clear of the field with a birdie on the seventh. However, he gave that shot right back with a bogey on No. 8, and that dropped him one behind Durant, who birdied the seventh.
Durant made it two in a row as he birdied the eighth to stay one clear of the field. He dropped a shot on the ninth, then closed with nine straight pars to end at 11-under.
Perry birdied the 10th and 11th to remain one clear of Durant and Langer.
Langer stumbled out of the gate with bogeys on the first and fifth to dip to minus-9. He atoned for those mistakes with birdies at six and seven. He birdied the 12th to move to 12-under.
Perry, who was two groups ahead of Langer, birdied the 14th, but Langer matched that. Langer made it two in a row with a 10-foot birdie putt on 15 and Perry dropped two back as he bogeyed the 16th after his drive stopped against a tree. Perry parred the final two holes to end there.
"I went birdie, eagle the first two holes and I'm thinking man, we've got to go. You know, I end up making an eagle, six birdies and I made three bogeys. I made two really bad bogeys, one was a 3-putt and another one was a poor drive," Perry said. "But all in all it was a great day, I thoroughly had fun. I was looking forward to getting out there and trying to see if I could back up another 63. I shot well enough to get it to where I can at least be in the group with Bernhard tomorrow to kind of see what he's shooting out there. So everything's playing out just like last year."
Langer converted his third straight birdie chance on the 16th from 15 feet out to move three clear of Perry. He parred the last two to lead by there.
"I've still got to shoot under par tomorrow. As I said, somebody shot 7-under today I think, so anybody that is kind 10-under, 11-under shoots that kind of score, I've got to go under par," Langer stated. "I need to get under par anyways because Kenny Perry's going to go under par. Still 18 holes to play, it's a lot of golf."
NOTES: Langer has won twice already this year and he will go for his third major championship title in the final round ... Langer won both the U.S. Senior and Senior British Opens in 2010 ... Langer is just 2-6 when leading after 54 holes in the senior majors ... Perry has won three of the last four majors in which he played.
06/28 19:33:43 ET