Second day’s game at Trump National started with 40-minutes delay. Thanks to the wind which too tried some swings with the birdie. Though, it was Langer again, who had other plans for the day; when the play resumed, Langer ground out three pars in the teeth of the wind and took advantage of the conditions. Bernhard Langer made five straight birdies to regain the lead on the second day at KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
Langer was 11 under through 13 holes when play was halted because of darkness, one shot ahead of Vijay Singh, who shot 68 amid wind measured at more than 30 mph. Singh was at 10-under 134 through two rounds. Billy Andrade also shot 68 and was one shot behind Singh. Their scores were eight shots better than the field average. Though Billy Andrade had a chance to match Singh after he hit his second shot to 8 feet on 18, but he missed the eagle putt.
Playing in his first Senior PGA, the 54-year-old Fijian made par putts from outside 10 feet on 15 and 16 and two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th. Through two rounds, the long-hitting Vijay was 7 under on the par 5s, his only par coming when he three-putted the third hole.
Playing with Singh, Corey Pavin made a quadruple-bogey 7 on the fourth hole and followed his first-round 69 with an 82 to miss the cut. Fran Quinn shot 80 but now would play the weekend on the strength of his first-round 66.
Tom Lehman and Scott McCarron were 8 under with holes left to play. Lehman made amends on 18, the second-easiest hole on the course, after a bogey Day 1. His second shot got exposed to the greens. After a free drop, he fluffed his pitch and left it short. Then he chipped in for birdie.
Miguel Angel Jimenez provided plenty of excitement for the galleries following him, John Daly and Rocco Mediate in his round of 71. Playing aggressively despite the tough conditions, he hit 7-wood into the wind to 12 feet for birdie on the par-4 fifth. On the downwind, short par-4 ninth, he drove the green with a fairway wood and made a 40-footer for eagle to take the lead.
Amidst all the disturbances the wind could cause, it was an exciting day for the golfers. Though Langer regained his lead on the second day, it was not easy for him as Vijay was able to cut the gap to just one shot. It would now be interesting to see how Vijay progresses on the third day.
The match was live televised on DSport.