With a bogey on the par-4 18th hole Saturday morning, three-time defending champion Bernhard Langer saw his lead cut to one shot over Corey Pavin going into the third round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills.
Langer was among 30 players who had not finished the second round Friday night when play was suspended after two separate weather delays, the first lasting nearly 2 1/2 hours. They returned to the course early Saturday.
After making a par on the par-5 17th hole, Langer bogeyed the final hole for a 5-under par 67. Pavin had finished a round of 4-under par 68 with bogeys on two of his last three holes Friday, including one on the par-4 18th.
Langer was disappointed to hear the second horn Friday night that signaled the end of play for the day.
“Yeah, [I] wanted to go because I was on a run, but that’s it,” Langer said Saturday. “So we had to come back out and actually had a birdie putt on 17 which I left short and three-putted 18, which is disappointing. The greens were slow this morning. I have no idea why because you would think after rolling them and mowing them they would be fine. A lot of moisture on them, I think.”
Looking to become the first player in the history of what is now called the PGA Tour Champions to win the same major four years in a row, as well as his third major this season, Langer will tee off around 1 p.m. Saturday in the same group with Pavin and Brandt Jobe.
“It just makes another very long day,” Langer said after finishing the second round with a three-putt bogey. “We had a very long day yesterday, a couple of breaks in it, and then getting up at 4:30 to be out here again is going to make a long day again because we’re not going to finish until probably 7 tonight or 6 or something, that’s all.”
Jobe, who played the first two rounds with Langer and reigning U.S. Senior champion Kenny Perry, made two pars Saturday to finish with a 4-under par 68. He is two strokes behind Langer. Scott McCarron is three shots behind after also finishing with a 68 on Friday.