Though the first day’s game got impacted by the rain that had poured down the previous evening, not everything was washed away. One player who made the most out of the first day was Bernhard Langer who shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead in the first round of the Senior PGA Championship.
If Langer manages to win at Trump National, the 59-year-old German could break Jack Nicklaus’ record of eight senior majors. He tied Nicklaus last week with a five-shot victory at the Regions Tradition. If he wins, he would also become the first player to win all five of the current senior majors.
Langer started with five straight pars on the first day of KitchenAid Senior PGA. He made his intentions clear when he rolled in his first birdie, an 18-footer at the par-4 sixth hole. That started a run of six birdies in eight holes that tied him for the lead at 5 under. He missed only two fairways and just one green in regulation, leading to his only bogey. He finished his round by hitting a 2-hybrid from 216 yards to 3 feet for eagle on the par-5 18th.
Interestingly, this American PGA allowed players to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways and moved up some tees on the wet course so that it played at just under 7,000 yards.
Others too caught up with Langer; Lee Janzen, Scott McCarron and James Kingston remained two shots behind him. Though the real fight came from Kingston, a South African tied Langer at 7 under before two late bogeys.
Finally, due to the heavy thunderstorm, the play was suspended at 5:26 p.m. with half the 156-man field still on the course.