BOCA RATON, Fla. — Bernhard Langer beat his age by two pictures Saturday with a 9-under 63, giving him a one-shot lead over Paul Goydos within the TimberTech Championship and an opportunity to maneuver nearer to the PGA Tour Champions document for profession wins.
Langer opened with three straight birdies, got here one flip away from one other after which holed a bunker shot on the par-3 fifth at Royal Palm Yacht and Nation Membership.
It was clear early on that this could be a big day.
“I used to be pondering, ‘Properly, this can be one other day if you shoot your age,'” Langer mentioned. “Nevertheless it’s nonetheless early days and there is loads of golf left. Nevertheless it stored going. After which I thought of it on 17. ‘Heck, you are 8 underneath, let’s examine if you may get one or two extra.'”
He received another birdie to achieve 11-under 133.
Goydos did effectively to stay with the 65-year-old Langer, holing out for eagle on the par-4 sixteenth and shutting with a birdie on the par-5 18th for a 66.
It was the sixth time in his profession that Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has shot his age or decrease on the PGA Tour Champions and the fourth time this season.
What issues is profitable, and Langer is within the pole place. A victory Sunday could be his forty fourth on the PGA Tour Champions. Hale Irwin holds the document with 45 senior titles.
Langer, who received the Charles Schwab Cup final yr for the sixth time, picked up his forty third profession win initially of the season within the Chubb Basic.
He’s nonetheless an extended shot to win one other Schwab Cup at No. 7 within the standings.
Steven Alker of New Zealand leads the factors race by such a giant margin that he may have wrapped up the $1 million prize with a victory this week. He shot a 68 and was 5 pictures behind going into the ultimate day.
The main 36 gamers advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship subsequent week in Phoenix.