Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Singh takes 54-hole lead at Senior PGA Championship

Singh takes 54-hole lead at Senior PGA Championship

Langer also secured his record ninth major championship to move past Jack Nicklaus (8) on senior golf's all-time list.

“We were talking a little bit, ” Langer said of Singh, both playing the final group.

Bernhard Langer, of Germany, watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Senior PGA Golf Championship at the Trump National golf club in Sterling, Va., Sunday, May 28, 2017.

"The opportunity to come out and watch so many awesome players and to finish with this leader board, it's really, really exciting", said Senior PGA Championship Director Bryan Karns.

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.

Moments after Oracle Team USA came from behind to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in a thrilling rematch between the 2013 finalists, Ainslie, the skipper of Land Rover BAR, crashed his 50-foot foiling catamaran into SoftBank Team Japan during the prestart of the day's sixth and final race.

Until the 12th hole of the final round there was no indication of the runaway but when Fred Funk blew his drive OB and made a triple, Langer put his foot down and from there it became one of the best iron-striking finishes of his career, including an nearly hole-in-one at the par3 17th.

Singh birdied three straight holes on Saturday beginning at the seventh, erasing a two-stroke deficit to Langer.

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"To win back-to-back majors is really hard to do", added Langer, who became golf's first ever world number one back in 1986.

The German closed with a round of 68 to oust the Fijian by one stroke on 18-under par. I was really exhausted.

Langer missed seven greens in regulation after missing just three greens the first two days, but he scrambled well, getting up and down all but one time. The 58-year-old Mize has one career victory in nine seasons on the PGA Tour Champions. Playing in his first Senior PGA, David Toms, the 2001 PGA Championship victor, was in sixth at 71-208 and seven off the lead.

Playing with Singh, Corey Pavin made a quadruple-bogey 7 on the fourth hole and followed his first-round 69 with an 82 to miss the cut. Singh's distance off the tee allowed him to attack Trump National's par 5s, where he'd made birdies 12 out of 16 times. Last week: Bernhard Langer won the Regions Tradition.

"It's not a super long golf course", he said.

Lee and Kisner also were tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy, whose shot 72 to fall five strokes back.

Part of a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine.

Feng, of China, has six career victories, the most recent at last year's TOTO Japan Classic. "And now have surpassed Jack Nicklaus in majors on this tour is pretty unique".

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