Langer Holds Lead Daly Not Far Behind


Bernhard Langer birdied his last hole of the day to take the outright lead into the final round of the Linde German Masters, but he has company not far back, including long-hitting American John Daly.
Langer offset a bogey at the par-4 17th with a closing birdie at No. 18 for a 68 and a one-shot lead at 17-under 199 over Greg Owen, Stephen Leaney and Fredrik Lindgren, all of whom shot 67s at Gut Larchenhof on Saturday.
However, it was Daly, who fired a day-low 64 to reach the 14-under mark with three others, who made most of the headlines.
I am not sure if he is my greatest threat, but John is obviously able to go very low and hes in good form, said Langer, who is searching for his eleventh win in his homeland of Germany and his fourth at this particular event.
I would imagine he is one of the main contenders, but I would consider anybody around 13-under and better as a threat.
Daly is becoming quite the regular threat in Europe these days.
In the three events he has competed in 2001, he has finished no lower than 14th, and took third-place honors at the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, as well as a win at the recent BMW International Open.
Now, he is looking for another, but insists that it will be tough.
Bernhard is hard to beat when he gets in the lead if you look at his past tournament record, commented Daly. Hes good at staying on top and hell be hard to beat.
In an ironic twist of events, it was Langer himself who actually organized a private jet which transported Daly and his wife overseas to compete in this event.
Following an opening round of 70, it appeared as if Daly might not contend, but he put all that to rest after his flawless third round on Saturday.
The 35-year-old and two-time major champion birdied his first hole of the day and added two other red numbers over his first nine to go out in 3-under.
Then, starting on the 13th, he went on a scoring spree, making five birdies over his closing six holes.
Said the cool American of the experience so far: 'It's been three days of solid golf, but nothing really happened. It's really nice to see some putts finally drop.'
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