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Langer leads entering Round 4 of The Senior Open

ROUND 3 NOTEBOOK

Bernhard Langer, 69-74-65 – 208 (-5)


• This is the fifth time in 10 starts he has been a leader/co-leader after the third round of The Senior Open. On the previous four occasions, he won twice (2010, 2014), and finished second (2013, lost in a playoff) and T6 (2014).
• In majors, Langer is 6-for-10 in converting 36-hole leads into wins, and 7-for-13 in converting 54-hole leads into wins. When he won The Senior Open in 2010 and 2014, he was the 36- and 54-hole leader/co-leader both times.
• Including today, Langer has been a leader/co-leader after nine of the 19 rounds in major championships this year. His major record this season includes wins at the Regions Tradition and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. He has the most major wins in Tour history (9) and is the only player to win all five majors.
• If the 59-year-old wins on Sunday, it would be his fifth major victory in the last 10 majors, and his fifth major win since turning 58 on August 27, 2015. Only six other players in PGA TOUR Champions history have at least five major wins at any age: Jack Nicklaus (8), Hale Irwin (7), Gary Player (6), Tom Watson (6), Arnold Palmer (5) and Miller Barber (5).
• Since PGA TOUR Champions was founded in 1980, only four players in Tour history have won an official senior major at age 58 or older:

o Bernhard Langer (four times) – Last: 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (59 years, 9 months, 1 day)
o Tom Watson – 2011 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (61 years, 8 months, 25 days)
o Hale Irwin – 2004 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (58 years, 11 months, 27 days)
o John Jacobs – 2003 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (58 years, 2 months, 21 days)

Third-Round Lead Notes

• Since 2003, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win this tournament seven of 14 times: Marco Dawson (2015), Bernhard Langer (2014, 2010), Russ Cochran (2011), Loren Roberts (2006), Tom Watson (2005) and Pete Oakley (2004).
• Last year at Carnoustie, Miguel Angel Jimenez led by four after the third round. He carded a final-round 75 and finished T3, while Paul Broadhurst shot 68 on Sunday and won by two.
• The last six 54-hole leaders at PGA TOUR Champions majors have not gone on to win. None of the players broke 70 in the final round, and their average score was 72.00.

o 2017 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship –Langer led by one; finished T2 (final-round 73)
o 2017 U.S. Senior Open – Kirk Triplett led by one; finished second (final-round 71)
o 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship – Vijay Singh led by one; finished second (final-round 70)
o 2017 Regions Tradition – Fred Funk led by one; finished T4 (final-round 72)
o 2016 U.S. Senior Open – Miguel Angel Jimenez led by one; finished T2 (final-round 71)
o 2016 Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex – Jimenez led by four; finished T3 (final-round 75)

• Bernhard Langer was the last 54-hole leader to go on to victory in a PGA TOUR Champions major, as he survived a final-round 73 and won by one at the 2016 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. Rocco Mediate is the last 54-hole leader to break 70 in the final round and win (2016 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship).

Corey Pavin, 73-74-65 – 212 (-1)

• Pavin played in the eighth-to-last game Saturday, teeing off 70 minutes before Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman. He carded five birdies on the front nine and went out in 30, and closed with birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 to shoot 65. It is tied for his best round at The Senior Open, as he shot a final-round 65 at Royal Birkdale in 2013.
• In six starts at The Senior Open Championship, Pavin has been in the top-10 after 54 holes four times. This is the second time he will play in the final game, as he played with Bernhard Langer in the last pairing at Carnoustie in 2010. Pavin shot a final-round 70 while Langer shot 72, but Langer won the tournament by one.
• Pavin’s best finish this season was a runner-up finish with partner Duffy Waldorf at the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. He has two top-15 finishes in his last three starts, including a tie for 14th two weeks ago at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship.
• His only PGA TOUR Champions victory came at the 2012 Allianz Championship, a span of 92 starts. In all, he has 43 top-10s in 127 starts on Tour.

Other Scoring and Player Notes

• The third-round scoring average was 70.648 (-.352), which ranks as the lowest scoring average in relation to par in tournament history (since 2003). It is just the second time in 58 rounds that the scoring average has been under-par. Saturday’s average was nearly eight shots less than Friday’s average of 78.529, which ranked as the tournament’s second-highest single-round scoring average since 2003.
• Of the 82 players that made the cut, 43 carded rounds under-par on Saturday. Through two rounds, only four rounds under-par were recorded.
• Australia’s Peter Lonard carded a bogey-free 67 and earned a spot in Sunday’s final group. He is in third at even-par, five shots behind Langer.
• After closing Friday’s second round with five consecutive bogeys, Miguel Angel Jimenez tallied five birdies and one eagle en route to a 6-under 65. He teed off 2 hours, 5 minutes before the final game, and he improved 16 spots on the leaderboard and is T4 at 1-over.
• After making double bogey on No. 4, Steve Flesch played his final 14 holes in 2-under and shot a third-round 71. He is tied for fourth at 1-over in his sixth start on PGA TOUR Champions.
• Through 54 holes, Billy Mayfair has made five birdies, six bogeys and 43 pars. He made 16 pars Saturday en route to a third-round 71, and he his tied for fourth at 1-over.
• At age 68, Tom Watson carded a third-round 67 and is T11 at 3-over. It is the sixth time he has shot or bettered his age on PGA TOUR Champions. The last time he shot his age, he carded a 67 on his 67th birthday at last year’s Shaw Charity Classic (September 4, 2016). It’s the sixth time a player has shot or bettered his age at The Senior Open, and the first time since Bob Charles shot 70 at the age of 72 in 2009.
• Defending champion Paul Broadhurst carded a 4-under 67 Saturday and is T18 at 4-over through 54 holes.
• Four players from Wales made the cut. Phillip Price shot 68 Saturday and is T7 at 2-over, and he’s followed by Mark Mouland (T24, 6-over), Ian Woosnam (T56, 11-over) and Stephen Dodd (T71, 15-over).
• Australia’s Terry Price made a hole-in-one on the 107-yard eighth hole. It was the 14th ace this season and the 13th in tournament history.

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