Singh leads Langer by a stroke at Senior PGA on Trump course

Paola Ditto
Mag 29, 2017

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.

Vijay Singh tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club.

"He's got a little different game".

Langer won the 2010 Senior British Open, 2010 U.S. Senior Open, 2014 Senior Players Championship, 2014 Senior British Open, 2015 Senior Players Championship, 2016 Senior Players Championship, 2016 Tradtiion, 2017 Tradition and 2017 Senior PGA Championship. Then at the 560-yard par-5 No. 7, Singh set up a birdie with another lengthy tee shot. "I mean, if I'm hitting a wedge, he's going to be hitting a 9-iron or 8-iron and he's pretty good with those clubs".

By closing with a 4-under-par 68 for a 72-hole total of 18-under 270, Langer earned his ninth senior major title to break a tie with Jack Nicklaus. "So that's encouraging", Langer said.

Singh could have had a bigger lead, but he missed a par putt that was less than three feet and a three birdie putts that were less than 10 feet.

Vijay Singh, right, of Fiji, walks off the tenth green as Bernhard Langer, left, of Germany, prepares to putt during the final round of the Senior PGA Championship at the Trump National golf club in Sterling, Va., Sunday, May 2.

Langer got one back on the next hole, a 539-yard par-5 that he also had birdied each of the previous two days.

The 457-yard par-4 eighth had surrendered no birdies in Round 3 until Singhs 25-footer moved him into a tie with Langer, who had hit his approach into the sand and blasted out six feet past the cup.

Singh had missed seven cuts in 11 starts this year on the PGA Tour and was considering spending more time on the PGA Tour Champions before he tied for 16th at The Players Championship. His approach landed just short of the front of the green, and he elected to putt from there, with the ball stopping 15 feet from the hole. Billy Andrade twice pulled within two shots of the lead but faded on the back nine. “He hits the ball very straight. "It seems like he doesn't make a mistake". "For some reason, I have not got adjusted to that yet". Bob Estes, who had a five-under 67, is in fourth, five strokes behind. "It was a good match with Bernard and Scott (McCarron), so hopefully tomorrow it's going to be the same".

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