Lost amidst the commotion of the Steve Elkington Twitter saga at the Senior British Open is the fact that Berhnhard Langer has amassed a three shot lead heading into the final round at Royal Birkdale. He made his move on Saturday with a four under par 66 in the third round. David Frost is the next closest competitor at six under par, while second round co-leader Mark Wiebe is four shots back.
Langer is looking for his second career Senior British Open title. His first title came in 2010 at Carnoustie. As you might imagine, he’s happy with the way he performed in the third round. “That was as good as I can play,” said Langer. “My ball-striking was almost perfect and I played really well, apart from the mistake at the 14th.”
Three birdies over the first seven holes of his third round got Langer started on the right track and he never looked back from there. The only bogey he carded on the day was at the 14th hole when he three-putted for bogey on the par three after hitting his tee shot to the back of the green.
There are still plenty of players in contention, especially considering the fact that it seems like there a always a few people near the top of the leaderboard that fall off the pace in links golf. By the time Langer hits his first tee shot, he could either be even further ahead of the field or may no longer be in first place. That’s what makes these events so exciting – even if the players don’t hit it as long as they did in their prime.