FLOURTOWN, Pa. – Bernhard Langer was all alone under par at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club.
The 58-year-old German star also was in position to win the Constellation Senior Players Championship for the third straight year, shooting a 1-under 69 on Saturday to reach 2-under 208 and take a three-stroke lead over Jay Don Blake with a round left.
After playing the first 11 holes in 2 over with two birdies and four bogeys, Langer birdied the par-4 12th to get back to even par for the tournament. He added birdies on the par-5 15th and par-3 16th and closed with two pars on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Wissahickon Course.
Langer won in 2014 at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh and last year at Belmont in Massachusetts. He won the Regions Tradition last month in Alabama for his sixth senior major and 27th tour victory.
Blake birdied the par-4 18th for a 71. Jeff Sluman (70), Woody Austin (71), Wes Short Jr. (72), Bart Bryant (72) and Brandt Jobe (74) were tied for third at 2 over. Bryant birdied the 18th after dropping four strokes in a late four-hole stretch with a double bogey and two bogeys.
Vijay Singh was tied for 31st at 8 over. He followed rounds of 69 and 74 with a 75.
John Daly had a 70 to move into a tie for 59th at 12 over. He opened with two 76s.
St. Catharines, Ont., resident Rod Spittle is T67.