PITTSBURGH – Bernhard Langer spent 45 anxious minutes Friday night wondering if the driver he has used the last two years would be healthy enough to make it to work Saturday.
Fortunately for the German, a Champions Tour club technician was able to find a replacement screw for the one that broke inside the clubhead at the end of Langer’s second round at the Senior Players Championship.
The “gamer” back in his golf bag, Langer moved closer to his third major title on the 50-and-older circuit, shooting a 4-under-par 66 in the third round to increase his lead from two to three strokes at Fox Chapel.
Langer was at 15-under 195, and Kenny Perry was second after a 65.
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Kirk Triplett (69), a Pullman High graduate, was tied for 41st place at 1 under and Rick Fehr (70) of Seattle was tied for 48th at 1 over.
• Patrick Reed shot an even-par 71 to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds in the Quicken Loans National, a PGA Tour event at Congressional in Bethesda, Md.
Reed was at 6-under 207. Seung-yul Noh (66), Freddie Jacobson (71) and Marc Leishman (73) were tied for second.
Former Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (68) was tied for fifth at 3 under. Michael Putnam (72), who is from University Place, was tied for 21st at even par, and Kevin Chappell (76), who owns a home in Kirkland, was tied for 67th at 6 over.
• Michelle Wie, who won the U.S. Women’s Open a week ago, leads at the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers. Wie (5-under 66) was at 10 under for 36 holes, two ahead of So Yeon Ryu (67). Because of weather issues, play was suspended before 72 players finished their second round.