Bernhard Langer fired a second-round 67 and will head into Sunday’s finale of the SAS Championship sharing the lead with Gene Sauers.
A day after nearly shooting his age with a 62 – highlighted by nine gains on his final 10 holes, Langer birdied three of his the last four on Saturday to join Sauers at 15-under 129.
The 61-year old German finished his second day at Prestonwood Country Club with six birdies against one bogey.
“It’s very important to get back in the rhythm and hit some good shots, which I settled down after I caught a not so good patch in the middle of the round,” said Langer, a four-time winner of the Charles Schwab Cup.
“Started off great with two birdies, actually three birdies in the first five and then didn’t get up-and-down on 7, the par 5, or hit a bad second shot. It was reachable for me.
“Ran into a bad patch there where I just struggled with my iron game mostly, but then pulled it all together toward the end.”
Sauers, himself, birdied two of the last three holes, and finished with six birdies against one bogey.
“I just told myself, ‘Same thing today,'” Sauers said. “I was just kind of taking right aim at it and just playing my game. The putts, it was a little tougher today. Of course, I didn’t hit it as close as I did the day before, obviously.”
Tom Lehman shot a 70 and was alone in third-place at 12-under par, one clear of Jerry Kelly (67) at 11 under.
2018 SAS CHAMPIONSHIP
TOP 5: ROUND TWO
Pos-Player-To Par (Today)
1. Bernhard Langer -15 (-5)
1. Gene Sauers -15 (-5)
3. Tom Lehman -12 (-2)
4. Jerry Kelly -11 (-5)
5. Scott Parel -10 (-5)
Credit: Associated Press