Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 67 in windy and rainy conditions Saturday to open a 3-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
Langer had five birdies in a bogey-free second round to reach 6 under on La Vallee du Richelieu’s Rouville Course. The two-time Masters champion has two victories this year and 18 overall on the 50-and-over tour.
“I hit a lot of fairways, which helps me control my distance with my irons,” said Langer, from Germany. “It’s a lot easier from the fairway than from the rough. I putted pretty nicely, too. I had a lot of speed on my putts, gave myself a lot of chances with the putts. I was a bit unlucky on some occasions but overall I was very pleased.”
Kenny Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, was 3 under along with Willie Wood, Chien Soon Lu, Bill Glasson and Anders Forsbrand. Perry had a 71.
“I made 10 pars starting from 10 through 18 so I really never could get anything going,” Perry said. “It was pretty blustery out there, tough conditions. Bernhard played a beautiful round of golf to shoot a 67. I couldn’t make it happen today, but I’m still in the golf tournament. ... If he [Langer] shoots even par and I shoot 4 under I’ll win the golf tournament.
‘‘So he needs to play a good round of golf and I need to play a great round of golf.”
Wood and Lu shot 68, and Glasson and Forsbrand shot 69.
Rocco Mediate, coming off a blowout victory last week in Calgary, Alberta, followed his opening 75 with a 68 to get to 1 under. Last week, he shot 63-64-64 for a 7-stroke victory.
Mark Calcavecchia, the winner last year on the adjacent Vercheres layout, was 2 over after a 72.
Calcavecchia missed the previous two events on the tour because of back problems.
Craig Lee of Scotland shot a 10-under 61 to surge into a 2-shot lead after the third round of the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland. Lee birdied the first six holes, and had 11 birdies overall, to equal the lowest round in a European Tour event this year. The 348th-ranked Lee was 16-under 197.
Thomas Bjorn, the 2011 champion from Denmark, Alejandro Canizares of Spain and Victor Dubuisson of France were tied for second.
Lee, who has never won a European Tour event, said it was “comfortably my best round ever.”
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, the 2010 champion, and Tommy Fleetwood of England both shot 69 to sit 5 shots behind Lee in a tie for fifth place.
John Peterson and Andrew Svoboda shared the third-round lead in Davidson, N.C., in the Chiquita Classic, the second tournament in the four event Web.com Tour Finals series. Peterson shot a 5-under 67 to match Svoboda at 10-under 206 at River Run. Svoboda had a 69.
The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com money list are assured PGA Tour cards, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the four-event series.
Svoboda has already wrapped up a PGA Tour card by finishing 25th on the Web.com money list. Peterson was 30th on the Web.com money list.
NCAA champion Max Homa beat Max Orrin 5 and 3 and the United States won the first six singles matches Saturday in the Walker Cup to take an 8-4 lead over Britain and Ireland at historic National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.
Homa, coming off his senior season at California, won the par-4 14th with a par and finished off the Englishman with a birdie win on the par-4 15th.
The biennial event, first played in 1922 at National Golf Links, will close today with four morning foursomes matches and 10 afternoon singles matches.