Langer takes three-shot lead at Senior British Open

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Bernhard Langer chips onto the green on No. 1. He has a three-shot lead in the Senior British Open.  MARTIN RICKETT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bernhard Langer chips onto the green on No. 1. He has a three-shot lead in the Senior British Open.

SOUTHPORT, England — Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open on Saturday, mastering Royal Birkdale with superb links play for 4-under-par 66.

Langer shared the overnight lead with Mark Wiebe but birdied three of his first seven holes to jump out front. David Frost shot his third 68 in a row to sit alone in second place, while Wiebe only managed 70 to drop into third, four shots back.

Langer’s only bogey came on the 14th, but he finished with two birdies on 15 and 17 to stay in control.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Moscow, Michael Hoey shot 7-under-par 65 to lead the Russian Open by five strokes going into the last round.

Overnight leader Rikard Karlberg (72) and Matthew Nixon (68) are tied for second with 207.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Boise, Idaho, Philip Pettitt Jr. holds a one-shot lead in the Boise Open despite not shooting the low-round of the day.

Pettitt had 8-under-par 63 and held off Michael Connell, who shot 10-under 61 to pull within two shots of Pettitt. Connell is tied with five others, including Will Wilcox, who shot 62. Russell Knox, one day after shooting 59, shot 68 and is in second place.

U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR: In Truckee, Calif., Scottie Scheffler beat Davis Riley 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Martis Camp Club.

Scheffler, 17, won the last four holes.

U.S. GIRLS’ JUNIOR: In Fort Wayne, Ind., Gabriella Then won the event, spoiling Lakareber Abe’s bid to become the first black female individual champion in U.S. Golf
Association history.

Then, 17, beat Abe 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at Sycamore Hills.

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