Singh leads Langer by a stroke at Senior PGA on Trump course

WHILE Alex Noren was rewriting the record books at Wentworth, Bernhard Langer was creating his own piece of history at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship as he became the first golfer to win all five Senior Majors.

The victory marks Langer's ninth senior major title and his 32nd on the Champions Tour in total.

Langer took advantage of calm conditions Saturday morning to play the last five holes of his second round in 1 under.

Despite a few dozen protesters, the drama remained on the course at President Donald Trump's club on the shores of the Potomac River, about 25 miles outside Washington.

American Billy Andrade and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez finished five shots off the pace in joint-third, while Scott McCarron and Bob Estes both ended on 12 under.

Although the scores of the leaders didn't change, Langer experienced a boost in momentum at the short par-4 ninth, playing Sunday at 286 yards.

The final pairing teed off amid steady rain and the weather appeared to bother Singh, who rushed his pre-shot routine. Langer hit a wedge to 20 feet, then made birdie there for the fourth straight day.

"It means a great deal to win two majors at age 59", Langer told reporters. Singh putted to four feet but missed his par attempt on the left edge.

It was Langer's ninth senior major win and for once he sounded a little tired. He cozied the delicate downhill putt inside a foot and cleaned it up for his third birdie on an afternoon when his ball striking was not as crisp as has been typical for the victor of last weeks Regions Tradition, the first major of the year on the Champions Tour."It's hard for me to move from the regular tour and come and feel the same excitement on the senior tour", Singh said. Langer's latest challenge came at the beginning of last season, when golf's governing bodies banned the anchored putting stroke he had used for more than a decade.

Langer shot a 4-under 68 to finish at 18-under 270.

"To win back-to-back Majors is very unlikely and very unusual".

Spieth shot a bogey-free 65, and was standing on a chair to see over the crowd at the 18th green when Kisner putted up the mound to 5 feet of the cup and then made the winning putt.

Singh had missed seven cuts in 11 starts this year on the PGA Tour and was considering spending more time on the PGA Tour Champions before he tied for 16th at The Players Championship.

"Probably I over-read some putts, if anything", said Singh, whose 33 putts in the final round were tied for 67th in the field. The Masters in 1934 was not what it would become, but every player who has won it is recognized as a major victor.

At Virginia Water, England, Alex Noren shot a 10-under 62 for a two-stroke victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Nicklaus never won the Senior British Open.

  • Julie Sanders