It’s a real logjam at the top of the leaderboard with two rounds in the books at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and the 64 year-old Ryder Cup Captain, Tom Watson is in the middle of it. Five other players including the Charles Schwab Cup points leader, Bernhard Langer have a one-shot lead over a host of players at three under par.
Bart Bryant, Steen Tinning,Colin Montgomerie and Kiyoshi Murota will all tee it up with Watson, and Langer this afternoon at the Harbor Shores Golf Course in Benton Harbor, Michigan for a share of the $2 Million Dollar purse. This rare, four-day event on the Champions Tour runs into a Sunday finish.
Watson had five birdies and a double bogey on Friday to reach 138 for the tournament, and a share. His double bogey came at par four, 12th hole. He’s coming off a sixth-place tie last week in the Regions Tradition in Alabama.
“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.”
Tom’s counterpart, Paul McGinley was playing at the BMW PGA Championship in Surrey, England this week, and missed the cut. He played the first two rounds with Bernhard Langer, and arguably, one of Europe’s greatest Ryder Cup competitors, Colin Montgomerie.
“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.”
With two rounds left to play, almost everyone in the field that is even par or better has a chance to win this thing on Sunday afternoon, including some major champions on the PGA Tour.
Roger Chapman, who won in runaway fashion in 2012 was one over par after two rounds, and last week’s winner at The Regions Tradition, Kenny Perry is five over par.