Langer leads halfway through Senior PGA on Trump course

The 54-year-old Singh still plays a full PGA Tour schedule with occasional starts on the over-50 tour.

Singh used his power to move ahead of Langer on Saturday at rain-softened Trump National, but Langer used his guile to stay close, setting up a duel for the title between the Hall of Famers. He had a 15-under 201 total, playing the par 5s in 10 under.

"We were talking a little bit", Langer said of Singh, both playing the final group. "It was fun to watch some of the shots that he hit".

The 59-year-old Langer got off to a solid start in his bid for a record ninth senior major. The German is 32 under par over his last six rounds, a span that includes last week's victory at the Regions Tradition.

Among other notables, fan favorite John Daly, a recent victor on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 2-under 70 and was tied for 24th place.

"I hit a lot of good putts", Langer said. "Hoping to pull another one tomorrow, but it doesn't happen all the time". His putter kept him from pulling further away.

"He's got a little different game", Singh, victor of three majors on the PGA Tour, said of Langer, who won the Masters twice and is tied with Jack Nicklaus for most senior major titles (eight). He missed only two fairways and just one green in regulation, leading to his only bogey. He two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th, his only birdie on the back nine, to remain within one shot of Singh.

Langer shot 5-under par Friday to move to 12-under par overall. Singh set up his seventh birdie with a prodigious drive 208 yards short of the hole.

Billy Andrade shot 69 to jump into third place and trail Singh by three. Bob Estes shot 67 and was alone in fourth, five shots behind. "I got up early at 5 a.m. and went through my stretching routine and stuff and then heard about the delay, so sat around for an hour and a half, got all stiff again, so that part didn't help".

"I'm playing well and I'm hitting my ball pretty good", said Singh.

  • Julie Sanders