Vijay Singh takes lead with 68 at windy Senior PGA
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 8:53
Feng took a one-stroke lead into the final round, then kept the competition at bay at Travis Pointe Country Club.
Langer has three straight wins in the Senior Players Championship and two straight at the Regions Tradition, along with two Senior British Opens and one U.S. Senior Open.
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.
Bernhard Langer, after winning the 2017 Senior PGA Championship, owns the record for the most senior major titles with nine.
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (final-round 68) and Billy Andrade (71) tied for third at 275. The Senior PGA is the only senior major he hasn't won.
Langer got one back on the next hole, a 539-yard par-5 that he also had birdied each of the previous two days. "I've done it twice now".
"He played phenomenal", Langer said. "It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks".
"It was a very tight race until we got to 16 and 17". In 2015 at French Lick he finished eight behind Colin Montgomerie, stumbling on the final day and a year earlier he couldn't come close to catching Monty's closing round 65 at Benton Harbor.
Nicklaus and Langer took different paths to their senior success. Then the curve starts downward.
Seven strokes back entering the round, the Swede made six birdies and holed a 6-foot eagle putt on the No. 18 to complete what he described as "probably the best round of my life".
The ninth hole, a 304-yard par 4, illustrated vastly disparate approaches both yielding a positive result. He led after three rounds in hard conditions at Oak Hill in 2008, but shot a final-round 76 to lose by one stroke to Jay Haas. He missed three birdie putts inside 10 feet and a par putt inside 3 feet.
"I've told him, 'If you get your putting straightened you, you can win anywhere in the world, '" Langer said about Singh. "I'm not sure many people have done that".
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. His second shot bounced over the back of the green and nestled against a hospitality area. "He putted nicely as well, so he deserved to win". The 54-year-old Singh still plays a full PGA Tour schedule with occasional starts on the over-50 tour.
"I was afraid to hit it", said Daly, who shot 74 and was even par.