Ames holds senior PGA lead with Langer, Weir in pursuit


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Germany’s Bernhard Langer and Canada’s Mike Weir completed third-round moves on Saturday at the 82nd Senior PGA Championship in improved weather conditions.

Langer, 64, and southpaw Weir, who started the day two strokes behind co-leaders Scott McCarron and Calgary’s Stephen Ames, played the front side of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course on the shores of Lake Michigan in 3-under . They were a shot behind Ames, who shot to 2 under for the third round and a 10 under start for the tournament.

Ames birdied the No. 2 and 3. After bogeying the 436-yard seventh hole, Ames finished the front with a birdie on the par-5 ninth to shoot 2-under 34. McCarron shot 1-under after a front nine that included three birdies and two bogeys.

After Friday’s rain and temperatures in the 1950s, the 72 golfers who made the cut at 3 of 145 at Harbor Shores were enjoying balmy conditions and temperatures near 70 degrees. This is the senior PGA’s fifth visit to the par-71 course which opened in 2010. It has produced four champions, whose wins totaled a combined 64 under. The record score is 19 under 265 by champions Rocco Mediate (2016) and Paul Broadhurst (2018).

Langer has three top-10 finishes in 2012, 2014 and 2016. He didn’t play in 2018 because of his son’s graduation, but showed up that year for media day after having won the Senior PGA Championship in 2017.

On Saturday, Langer, a two-time Masters winner who won the most senior majors (11) over the PGA Tour champions, picked up where he left off after back-to-back rounds of 68 by birdying on holes 1, 6 and 9. Weir, of Bright’s Grove, Ont., who started with a 65 on Thursday before rushing for a 71 in the poor weather on Friday, started his round with a bogey on the par-4 third hole but then went birdied on four of his last five holes.

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John Fineran, The Associated Press