Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 7/14/12
LAKE ORION, Mich. -- Bernhard Langer is playing so well at the U.S. Senior Open that even his competitors are asking for help. Langer shot a 6-under 64 on Saturday, the best round of the tournament, and leads five golfers by four shots going into Sunday's final round at Indianwood Golf and Country Club. During Langer's post-round press conference, the microphone was taken by someone who didn't have a media credential. "Excuse me, but can you tell me how to get nine birdies out there?" asked Corey Pavin, one of the golfers trying to catch Langer. Pavin actually knew the answer. "The obvious answer is that he hit nine greens in regulation and one-putted," Pavin said during his own press conference. "But that shows you just how precise Bernhard is on the course. When he gets things going, he's going to hit his irons close and he's going to make putts. There's other guys out here who can do that, but not many." The scary thing for the guys trying to catch Langer? He still isn't happy with his play. "I think I played better in the first two rounds than I did today, but I finally got my putter going today," he said. "I still haven't gotten everything going on the same day." After a PGA Tour career that saw him win two Masters, Langer has won three money titles in five years on the Champions Tour and is in third place this season. "I think I'm one of the better players out here I've won the money list and I've won the Charles Schwab Cup and I think the better players are going to separate themselves from normal players in the majors, because the conditions are tougher." The German could put have put together a tournament-record round, birding nine holes, but he double-bogeyed 13 and bogeyed 18 to miss Loren Roberts' mark by two shots. With only two par-5s on the course, Indianwood is not an easy course to make up a lot of shots, but none of the players chasing Langer think he's going to make things easy for them. "It might take a 60 tomorrow," said Fred Couples, who is five back after a third-round 65. "Bernhard isn't going to come back to us, so Corey or someone is going to have to shoot an extraordinary round for any of us to get a shot. At least I've inched myself a little closer." Langer wasn't quite as confident, but acknowledged that he's a big favorite going into Sunday. "That's not a huge lead four shots can disappear quickly," he said. "My goal is to go out there and shoot under par. If I can get to two or three under tomorrow, it's going to take a really low round to catch me." Unless someone shoots Couples' 60, or even the magic number of 59, the odds are that Langer is going to take his third national championship of his senior career joining the 2010 U.S. Senior Open and British Senior Opens.
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