BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Colin Montgomerie knows two of the players to watch in a senior major are Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson, so playing alongside them in the first two rounds of the Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores worked out well.
Watson shot a 3-under 68 on Friday for a share of the lead with fellow Hall of Famers Langer and Montgomerie and three other players.
"Tom had a great finish last week in the Regions Tradition major and Langer is always there, so I felt that if I was equal or around them after two days, I would be quite happy," Montgomerie said. "I was and I am and it gives me an opportunity to go forward at the weekend."
The 64-year-old Watson had five birdies and a double bogey — on the par-4 12th — to reach 4-under 138 after two rounds at Harbor Shores.
"When I don't do well I get angry with myself still," he said. "Like (Lee) Trevino said, 'When I stop getting angry with myself, then I know it's time to quit.' And I haven't reached that point yet. I get frustrated at times, but I still have some fire."
Langer also had a 68, and Montgomerie shot 69 to join Watson, Bart Bryant, Steen Tinning and Kiyoshi Murota atop the leaderboard. Bryant shot 67, Tinning 66, and Murota 65.
The six-way tie for the lead is the most on the Champions Tour after 36 holes since an eight-way tie in the 2006 Senior Players Championship in Dearborn, Michigan.
Montgomerie talked more about Watson than himself afterward.
"He's hitting the ball great," Montgomerie said. "Sixty-four years old. It's amazing how he still is very competitive and extremely competitive. Seeing him at very close quarters, believe me he is extremely competitive and it's great to see."
Murota, from Japan, had the best round of the day, chipping in for eagles on the par-5 fifth and ninth.
Bryant bogeyed the 18th hole to drop into the tie for the lead.
Tinning, from Denmark, birdied No. 17 in his bogey-free round.
Steve Pate (67) was a stroke back along with Stephen Ames (68), Russ Cochran (69), Mark Brooks (71) and Dan Forsman (73). The group at 2 under included first-round leader Joe Durant (75), Jay Haas (71), Scott Simpson (69) and Duffy Waldorf (70).
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