Montgomerie leads by 1 at U.S. Senior Open


Through two rounds at the steamy U.S. Senior Open, two familiar names are in position to battle it out over the weekend at Oak Tree National. Here's the skinny heading into the third round at the Champion Tour's fourth major of the season.

Leaderboard: Colin Montgomerie (-6), Scott Dunlap (-5), Bernhard Langer (-4), Gene Sauers (-4), Lance Ten Broeck (-3), Mark Brooks (-3), Jeff Sluman (-3), Doug Garwood (-3)

What it means: Langer and Montgomerie have been two of the most consistent players this season, so it's no surprise to see them in the mix at the Senior Open. Langer already has three wins this season, including a W at last week's Senior Players. Montgomerie edged Langer earlier this year at the Senior PGA. Langer leads the Charles Schwab points race, while Montgomerie is in third place. But with temperatures expected to be near 100 degrees over the weekend, Langer's fitness could prove to be a "15th club." He's also a slow player, and Montgomerie has not been shy about expressing his annoyance with Langer's sluggish pace.

Round of the day: Hot and steamy weather combined with a Pete Dye golf course meant low scores were hard to come by Friday. But Robin Byrd managed to fire a 4-under 67, while Dunlap and Wes Short Jr. were the only players to shoot 68.

Best of the rest: Langer shot a 2-under 69, and while not a bad score it could have been so much better. Langer was battling Montgomerie and Dunlap for the lead late in the second round, but bogeys on three of the last four holes left the two-time Masters champion two strokes off the lead heading into the weekend.

Biggest disappointment: Marco Dawson opened with a 5-under 66, but he was 10 shots higher on Friday. Dawson held it together for most of his round, but he was 4 over on his last six holes, including a double bogey at the par-3 13th.