Bernhard Langer shot a 3-over 74 on Friday at a windy and rainy Royal Porthcawl, but still holds a share of the lead at the Senior Open after two rounds.
The 59-year-old German, who is seeking a record-setting 10th senior major title, is tied at 1-over with four other golfers heading into the weekend’s final 36 holes.
“It was much harder this morning than yesterday,” said Langer, who posted his first over-par round at Porthcawl. “The first two hours or so, the wind was blowing strong and it was raining on top of it. It was just very difficult to do anything. The first hour or two was probably as brutal as I’ve seen it; and I’ve been many places and seen a lot of things.”
Tied with Langer at the top are three Americans: Tom Lehman (72), Steve Flesch (71), and Billy Mayfair (72). Argentina’s Mauricio Molina is also at 1-over following a 73.
Lehman, the 1996 Open Championship winner, is looking to join Gary Player, Tom Watson, and Bob Charles, as the only players to win both the Open and Senior Open titles.
“Golf is about momentum, and if you can get off to a good start in bad weather and you can find some kind of rhythm where you’re plodding along, making pars, and managing, then you can deal with conditions like that,” said Lehman.
One shot back, at 2-over, and alone in sixth place, is American Clark Dennis, who posted a 1-over 72.
The trio of Mike Goodes, Peter Lonard and David McKenzie are at 4-over, and three shots back, tied for seventh.
1 Bernhard Langer +1
1 Tom Lehman +1
1 Mauricio Molina +1
1 Billy Mayfair +1
1 Steve Flesch +1
6 Clark Dennis +2
7 Peter Lonard +4
7 Mike Goodes +4
7 David McKenzie +4
10 Peter Fowler +5
10 Santiago Luna +5
10 Tom Pernice Jr +5
10 Billy Andrade +5
10 Phillip Price +5
10 Corey Pavin +5
10 Colin Montgomerie +5
10 Roger Chapman +5
“I’m still in a good position. There’s a lot of golf to be played yet.”
–Bernhard Langer, Co-Leader, Round Two, Senior Open Championship
“I drove the ball well, put myself in places where I could get it on or near the green and chipped it and putted fairly well.”
–Tom Lehman, Co-Leader, Round Two, Senior Open Championship