Couples and Langer set for duel

Eurosport - Sun, 01 Aug 08:53:00 2010

Home favourite Fred Couples carded a five-under-par 65 to share the lead with Bernhard Langer going into the final round of the US Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club.

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Couples, who was born in nearby Seattle, and Germany's Langer, who shot a 68, are tied at five under.

Overnight leader Langer, who won the British Senior Open last week, birdied the final hole to pull level with Couples who shot a four-under 31 on the front nine including a holed bunker shot to save par at the sixth.

He added a birdie at the 16th to post the best round of the tournament.

“I’m in a great position to win in my hometown,” Couples said.

“That’s probably not going to happen again, so I don’t think that’s going to make me more nervous than trying to win the US Senior Open than I think it is, but I’ll let you know on the first tee tomorrow.”

Langer said: “I’m sure there are many, many people rooting for him but I’ve heard a few Germans out there and I might have my own 12 people cheering for me or whatever, who knows.”

Couples and Langer are five shots clear of Chien Soon Lu (68) and Tom Kite (69) with Peter Senior (68), Michael Allen (71), Tommy Armour III (72) and John Cook (72) one over.

Tom Watson, playing with Couples, saw his hopes vanish after a 75 left him five over.

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