BOCA RTON, Fla. Bernhard LangerSaturdays victory by two shots over his age gave him a one-shot advantage with a 9-under-63. Paul GoydosTimberTech Championship, a chance to get closer to the PGA Tour Champions record of career wins.
Langer opened with three straight birdies and then took one turn away from the next. Langer then hit a bunker shot on par-3 fifth at Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club.
It was obvious from the beginning that this would be a special day.
Langer said, I was thinking that this may be another day when your age is known. But its still early and theres still a lot of golf to play. But it didnt stop. Then, I thought about it on 17. Heck, youre 8 below, lets see what we can do to get one or two more.
He managed to score one more birdie, bringing him to 11-under 133.
Goydos was wise to stick with Langer at 65, hoisting out for an eagle on 16th par and closing with a birdie 18th par for a 66.
Langer, a twotime Masters champion, shot his age at the PGA Tour Champions for the sixth consecutive time and the fourth time this year.
What matters is winning and Langer is in pole position. Langers 44th win on the PGA Tour Champions would be his victory Sunday. Hale IrwinThe record holder holds the 45 senior titles.
Langer, who won last years Charles Schwab Cup for the sixth consecutive time, was awarded his 43rd career victory at the beginning of the season in Chubb Classic.
He is still unlikely to win the Schwab Cup at No. 7 in the standings.
Steven AlkerNew Zealand leads the points race with a huge margin. He could have taken home the $1,000,000 prize with a win this week. He shot a 68 to be five shots behind the leader going into the final round.
The 36 top players will advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix next week.