Langer leads halfway through Senior PGA on Trump course


Langer leads halfway through Senior PGA on Trump course

He may have been halfway around the world visiting with Pope Francis, but President Donald Trump was still a popular topic of conversation Wednesday at the Senior PGA Championship. "It's just that you need to play really well to do it".

The 59-year-old German could break Jack Nicklaus' record of eight senior majors with a win at Trump National.

As one of many golfers still on the course when inclement weather compelled tournament officials to suspend the first round of the Senior PGA Championship, Vijay Singh had to play his final seven holes early Friday morning before moving on to his next 18.

Singh registered five birdies - three on par-5s - and one bogey in the blustery conditions and is one stroke ahead of Billy Andrade, who also shot a 68. "And putting was really hard".

Langer has 31 career victories and $22 million in earnings on the PGA Tour Champions, trailing only Hale Irwin's 45 wins and $27 million. He then returned to the PGA Tour, where he continues to play a full schedule, and tied for 16th at The Players Championship. He's just been a very nice, extremely nice person with a lot of good advice he's given me over the years about certain things.

"New caddie this week as well that I'm working really well with", Singh said. Bernhard Langer, the other first-round leader, had a late tee time on Friday.

Singh, 54, closed his round with a birdie at the 542-yard par-5 18th, although he had an attempt for eagle when his approach nestled on the fringe of the undulating green.

Langer, who finished his round Thursday, eagled the par-5 18th hole to shoot his 65. After a free drop, he fluffed his pitch and left it short.

Langer pumped his fist when he rolled in his first birdie, an 18-footer at the par-4 sixth hole.

The ponytailed Spaniard gave back both shots on the downwind, par-3 10th after his tee shot trickled over the back of the green and down a steep slope. Defending champion Rocco Mediate shot an even-par 72.

Among the players who didn't finish, Larry Mize had the best round going at 5 under through 10 holes.