Doug Barron, Bernhard Langer tied for top spot at Ally Challenge
8/28/2021 7:57:08 PM EST
A day after Germany's Bernhard Langer shot his age on his 64th birthday, Doug Barron fired his own 8-under-par 64 on Saturday, and the two head into Sunday's final round of the Ally Challenge atop the leaderboard at Grand Blanc, Mich.
With their 14-under 130 scores, Barron and Langer set the two-round record for the Ally Challenge, now in its fourth year. The duo sits one stroke ahead of Joe Durant (66), two ahead of Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (65), and three ahead of Marco Dawson (69).
Barron, 52, birdied eight holes Saturday in a bogey-free round at Warwick Hills. Five of those eight birdies came on the back nine. Two weeks ago, Barron won the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for his second senior title.
Langer has won 41 PGA Tour Champions Tour events, four off of Hale Irwin's record. Yet, he is chasing his first title since March 2020.
Sunday will mark the 40th time Langer has been a leader or co-leader entering the final round, and he has gone on to win 24 times. He has been in the last group four times this season but has been unable to finish off a victory.
"It's not just Doug Barron and I, there's about 15, 20 guys that can still win this tournament going low," Langer said. "We can't afford to sit on our laurels and make pars and hope to win this tournament. You've got to go low tomorrow to have a chance to take the trophy away."
Seven players are within five strokes of the lead.
Defending Ally Challenge champion Jim Furyk followed his opening 65 with a 71 Saturday, leaving him seven shots off the pace.
--Field Level Media
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