Pavin and Langer share lead at half-way stage
On day two of the 2010 Senior Open Championship, the USA’s 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin signed for a second consecutive round of two-under-par 69 to share the top of the leaderboard with Bernhard Langer, who started his second round just as Pavin’s was coming to an end.
After 17 holes, the 1995 US Open Champion led by two on six under. But a pulled second shot on 18 would sail out-of-bounds, costing him two strokes and the outright lead.
“I wish I could have that shot over again on 18. I actually did take it over on 18,” Pavin said, with reference to his second ball. “It was the right club; it was just not the right execution the first time.”
“I played well. I had a few times when I put myself in a little bit of trouble, but extricated myself and made some good par putts. I would have taken four-under after two rounds, on Wednesday afternoon.”
Like Pavin, Langer reached six under during his second round to lead by two, but dropped shots at the 13th and 16th, the two back-nine par-threes, reined him back to four under. Nevertheless, the German two-time Masters Tournament Champion, who has finished in fourth place at the last two Senior Opens, is still in with every chance of claiming his first senior Major.
"Overall I'm pretty pleased," said Langer. "It was a totally different golf course today, from what shots you hit off the tee and what club you hit in general because the wind direction switched just a few degrees. That's what links golf is all about.
"I wish I would have made one or two more putts, but generally, I played quite well, and I'm happy with that."
The best round of the day was returned by Ian Woosnam. After only managing a one-over-par 72 yesterday, the Welshman made just one bogey in shooting a four-under-par 67 to bring himself into contention at three under after 36 holes.
“Yesterday I finished with a birdie and I just had a little click on the swing there, the last couple of swings that I had, so I thought I’d take that out today,” he explained. “There wasn’t much wind and that can give you a little bit more of a chance to get into a bit of a rhythm, as well.”
“You’ve got to use your experience out there – play short of the bunkers you might be going in. You know if you hit driver you’ll be going in with an eight-iron, but you have to play short of the bunkers sometimes and go in with three-irons. You’ve just got to play to the right position, be patient, and try to make a score,” he added.
Dan Forsman added a level-par 71 to yesterday’s 68, to occupy tied-third along with Woosnam, Jay Haas and 1987 Masters Tournament Champion Larry Mize, who had a one-under-par 70 this morning. One stroke behind that trio, in a tie for sixth, is Mark Calcavecchia.
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