Bernhard Langer wins the Senior PGA, sets all-time senior major victory mark

Shrugging off fatigue from last week's victory, Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship.

The start was delayed 80 minutes because of overnight rain that saturated President Donald Trump's already-soft course on the shores of the Potomac River, about 25 miles from Washington. He routinely outdrove the 59-year-old Langer by 30 yards and got up-and-down for birdie on the par-5 18th to maintain his one-shot advantage.

Langer pulled ahead of Singh with 12-foot birdie on the par-4 16th.

Kevin Kisner birdied the first three holes on the back nine to take the lead and held on to win at the Colonial after defending champion Jordan Spieth's Sunday charge in Fort Worth, Texas. "I'm not sure many people have done that".

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. You don't think about that, you just play every shot as good as you can and hope for the best.

Spieth, who had missed consecutive cuts at The Players Championship and the AT&T Byron Nelson, was trying to become the only player other than Ben Hogan to win consecutive Colonials. He glared into the gallery after making his swing, then chipped onto the green and missed his putt to save par while Langer drained his 10-footer to reclaim a one-stroke margin. Langer has now won all five. 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. 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.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Andrade tied for third place at 13-under par, while Scott McCarron and Bob Estes tied for fifth at 12-under par.

When play resumed after the delay, Langer grinded out three straight pars in the teeth of the wind before starting his birdie run. Langer hit a wedge to 20 feet, then made birdie there for the fourth straight day.

"I had a very good yardage", Langer said. Singh was at 10-under 134 through two rounds.

According to Golf Digest, getting credit for nine senior majors would not only keep the South African tied for the most, but his claim to achieving the career senior Grand Slam is based on having won the Senior Open Championship.

Feng won her seventh LPGA Tour title.

  • Julie Sanders