U.S. Senior Open notebook: Colin Montgomerie recovers to take 36-hole lead

By Cody Stavenhagen and Scott Wright, Staff Writers Published: July 11, 2014

Colin Montgomerie was 2-over through six holes Friday at the U.S. Senior Open, but after a birdie on No. 7, he played trademark consistent golf to vault back on the top of the leaderboard.

He shot par on every hole from there on out, with the exception of a birdie on 17 that gave him a one-stroke lead over Scott Dunlap.

“If I can play anything under par tomorrow, I'll be there and thereabouts for Sunday,” Montgomerie said. “That's what you want to do. You put yourself in the position Saturday evening.”

Montgomerie’s biggest threat might be Bernhard Langer, who is two strokes off the lead after a 2-under round featuring six birdies and four bogeys.

Langer is the Champions Tour money leader, but he wouldn’t make a judgment on his chances to make a weekend charge.

“All I can do is play the best I can, because I don't know what Monty does or Mr. Dunlap or any of the other guys that are thereabouts,” Langer said. “You can shoot anything. Somebody can shoot a 63 and somebody can go 78 that's in the lead. You don't know.”

SAUERS THINKS HE CAN HANG

Montgomerie and Langer are arguably the two best golfers on the Champions Tour, but Gene Sauers said he thinks he can contend through Sunday.

Sauers shot 2-under Friday to bring him to 4-under on the tournament, and he might be at the top of the leaderboard if not for a few mistakes

Sauers made three birdies Friday and notched an eagle on No. 7, but three bogeys kept his score in check.

“I consider myself a good player, a great player,” Sauers said. “Just a matter of fact of getting these putts to drop for me. I think I compete every week with these guys. Bernhard, he plays good every dad-gone week. I hit it just as good as he does, but he makes more putts.”

SINGH STILL COMMITTED TO PGA TOUR

At 51, former world No.1 Vijay Singh has finished in the top 25 in three PGA events.

He’s currently splitting duty between the Champions Tour and PGA Tour, and is four strokes off the lead at the U.S. Senior Open. Singh shot even-par Friday after three bogeys on the back nine.

Singh, who refused to take part in multiple press conferences Thursday and Friday, said in a release the Champions Tour isn’t vastly different from the PGA Tour other than shorter courses.

“I played in Hawaii last year and had a good feel of what’s going on,” Singh said. “I watch enough senior tour on the Golf Chanel, and I have talked to a lot of players that have been playing.

“I may commit to a couple more (Champions Tour events), but I’m still pretty committed to the regular tour.”

LYNN GETS CALL TO CADDIE

Oklahoma Christian men’s golf coach David Lynn enjoyed his experience as a caddie at the U.S. Senior Open for 36 holes — well, 35 holes — at Oak Tree National.



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