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Bill Zimmerman
Gene Sauers during Saturday's third round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National.
Gene Sauers during Saturday's third round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National.

Colin Montgomerie's attempt at a wire-to-wire run in the U.S. Senior Open has been broken by Gene Sauers' 68 Saturday at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.

Sauers has posted three rounds in the 60s this week, the only player to do so as he has built a three-shot lead over Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap. Langer shot 71 Saturday, Dunlap 72.

It hasn't been easy, to hear Sauers tell it.

"It played a little tougher today with the wind, and the greens aren't as firm as I thought they would be for a U.S ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Colin Montgomerie during Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree.
Colin Montgomerie during Friday's second round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree.

A round of even-par 71 was enough for Colin Montgomerie to keep his one-shot lead at the midpoint of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.

Scott Dunlap shot 68 to pull within a shot of Montgomerie and into solo second, while Bernhard Langer and Gene Sauers each carded their second-straight 2-under 69 to move into a tie for third.

Here are 5 Things to know about Friday's action at Oak Tree:

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1. MONTY MAKES IT WORK: Leader Colin Montgomerie was too steady to be caught Friday, with 14 pars against two birdies ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Colin Montgomerie during Thursday's first round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
Colin Montgomerie during Thursday's first round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.

With four bogeys and a birdie on each nine, Colin Montgomerie shot 65 to move to the first-round lead of the U.S. Senior Open on Thursday at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.

"I was patient. I was relaxed. We had a good time. Rocco Mediate and Tom Lehman was a good pairing," Montgomerie said. "… We played a lot together over the first year of my Champions Tour life. Relaxed and patient, really, I suppose. But the statistics, you know, add up, I suppose. 16 greens out of 18. Not bad statistics, really. And then 11 fairways out of ...

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James Achenbach
Rob Gibbons, Bruce Stewart and Pat O'Donnell played a practice round with Peter Jacobsen (right) at the U.S. Senior Open on Tuesday.
Rob Gibbons, Bruce Stewart and Pat O'Donnell played a practice round with Peter Jacobsen (right) at the U.S. Senior Open on Tuesday.

Molalla, Oregon, had maybe 2,000 residents when golf professional Joe Clarizio bought Arrowhead Golf Club with a lease/purchase agreement in 1972.

Arrowhead was the only golf course in town. Today, 42 years later, it still is.

Molalla, about 25 miles south of Portland, remains a reflection of small-town America where the biggest event each year is the Buckeroo Rodeo on July 4 (and the accompanying Buckeroo Golf Tournament, of course).

So how did three golfers from this rural club qualify for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open? Practice, of course, plus a little luck.

Rob Gibbons, who is ...

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July 5, 2014 | 2:48 p.m.

U.S. Senior Open: Tee times, rounds 1-2

Bill Zimmerman
Bernhard Langer will have the earliest U.S. Senior Open tee time of the three men chasing their second major win of the 2014 Champions Tour season (shown here at the Senior Players Championship).
Bernhard Langer will have the earliest U.S. Senior Open tee time of the three men chasing their second major win of the 2014 Champions Tour season (shown here at the Senior Players Championship).

Can Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie or Kenny Perry become a two-time major winner in the 2014 Champions Tour season? Langer will start first thanks to the earliest first-round tee time of the bunch, with Montgomerie playing in the group behind and Perry hours apart.

Langer will play alongside Mark Calcavecchia and Steve Elkington early Thursday and late Friday, while Montgomerie will play alongside Tom Lehman and Rocco Mediate. Perry, the defending champion, will play late Thursday and early Friday, sharing tee times with Mark Wiebe and amateur Douglas Hanzel.

Here are more facts and figures about the 2014 U.S ...

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Golfweek Staff
Fred Couples
Fred Couples

Fred Couples and two others withdrew from next week's U.S. Senior Open on Thursday.

Second at the 2010 Senior Open, Couples will not play at Oak Tree National because of a back injury while Craig Stadler (back) and 1997 Senior Open winner Graham Marsh (undisclosed injury) also pulled out.

Couples will be replaced by John Harris, the first alternate from the Byron, Minn., sectional qualifier. David Ishii and Bruce Vaughan were also added to the field.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Cassie Stein
Bernhard Langer won his third major title on the Champions Tour Sunday at the Senior Players Championship.
Bernhard Langer won his third major title on the Champions Tour Sunday at the Senior Players Championship.

Bernhard Langer collected his third Champions Tour major title Sunday by sinking a short birdie putt on the second playoff hole at the Senior Players Championship.

Langer defeated Jeff Sluman in the playoff on the par-5 18th at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. Sluman had shot a bogey-free, 5-under 67 as both players finished the 72-hole event at 15-under 265.

The victory also was Langer’s third of the season.

Russ Cochran finished third, one shot out of the playoff at 14-under 266.

Defending champion Kenny Perry was tied with Langer heading into the back nine, but faded ...

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Cassie Stein
Bernhard Langer celebrates his birdie on the sixth hole during the third round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel.
Bernhard Langer celebrates his birdie on the sixth hole during the third round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel.

Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 66 during Saturday’s third round to maintain his leads at the Constellation Senior Players Championship at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The two-time winner this season leads by three over defending champion Kenny Perry, who at one point took a two-shot lead at the championship. Langer, who has 10 top-10 finishes in 11 events this season, is at 15-under 195 for the tournament.

Perry, who shot a 5-under 65 Saturday, bogeyed the par-4 16, while Langer made three consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-16 to take back the lead.

Russ Cochran fired a ...

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Cassie Stein
Tom Lehman won the Champions Tour's Encompass Championship on June 22.
Tom Lehman won the Champions Tour's Encompass Championship on June 22.

Tom Lehman picked up his first victory of the season at the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship on Sunday at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.

Lehman won by one stroke over Michael Allen and Kirk Triplett after a birdie at the par-4 18th. Lehman finished at 15-under 201 with rounds of 65-66-70 to garner his first victory since 2012.

It was Allen’s sixth top-10 finish in 12 events in 2014, while it was Triplett’s second consecutive top-three finish.

Russ Cochran shot a final-round, 8-under 64 to jump 34 spots up the leaderboard. His round consisted of ...

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Adam Schupak
Lee Trevino during the first round of the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops at Top of the Rock.
Lee Trevino during the first round of the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops at Top of the Rock.

RIDGEDALE, MO. – Lee Trevino walked off the final green at Top of the Rock, the nine-hole par 3 course co-hosting the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf, and let owner Johnny Morris know exactly what he thought of his place.

"Johnny, this is the hardest golf course I've ever played," Trevino said. "It's so hard it took me 8 hours and 22 minutes to play."

Then he broke into laughter. Despite more than 4 hours of weather delays, the first round of the tournament was completed with the two-man teams of Billy Andrade-Tommy Armour, Jeff Sluman-Fred Funk and ...

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Nick Masuda

For the second time, the Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. will play host to the U.S. Senior Open, with the 2017 tournament being awarded to the Donald Ross designed course, the USGA announced in a press release.

It will be the sixth USGA championship to be held at the club.

“The USGA is delighted to return to Salem Country Club and the New England region,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “Salem Country Club was a demanding and competitive test for the best senior players in 2001, and the club is associated with ...

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Jim McCabe
Colin Montgomerie after winning the 2014 Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Colin Montgomerie after winning the 2014 Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Splendid as Adam Scott’s win was and as exhilarating as it was to see Rory McIlroy storm from behind and capture the BMW PGA Championship at a venue, Wentworth, that has not been nice to him, Colin Montgomerie’s triumph in the PGA Seniors generated a feeling of nostalgia.

Ah, those days when the Sour Scotsman played the game marvelously, was a fixture inside the top 10 and seemingly showed up at every major championship as a bona fide favorite. That he never captured one remains one of golf’s great mysteries, but Montgomerie never disappointed – especially in the ...

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Alex Miceli
Colin Montgomerie after winning the 2014 Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Colin Montgomerie after winning the 2014 Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie didn’t do anything to lose his first major championship, on the contrary he wrestled it away from a group that contended early and fell away as Montgomerie put on the pedal to the metal shooting a 6-under 65 in the final round of the 75th Senior PGA Championship.

With a four shot victory, Montgomerie has finally accomplished at 50 something he never had accomplished in the previous 49 years, win a major.

Here are 5 Things to know from Benton Harbor, Mich.

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1. IT'S A MAJOR TO ME: Colin Montgomerie had played in 71 ...

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Rich Skyzinski
Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer are tied for the lead after 54 holes at the Senior PGA Championship (shown here at the Insperity Championship earlier this month on Champions Tour).
Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer are tied for the lead after 54 holes at the Senior PGA Championship (shown here at the Insperity Championship earlier this month on Champions Tour).

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — They played the third round of the 75th Senior PGA Championship on Saturday at Harbor Shores and the Tour de France broke out.

Echoing the scoring of the world’s most famous bicycle race, where perhaps it only appears as though all the entrants wind up with the same time after days of competition, as many as eight players shared the lead during the third round of the Senior PGA and, at one point, more than one-quarter of the 78 players to make the cut were within two strokes of the lead.

When the field finally had ...

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Tom Watson posted a 3-under 68 to jump into a five-way tie for the lead at the Senior PGA Championship on Friday.
Tom Watson posted a 3-under 68 to jump into a five-way tie for the lead at the Senior PGA Championship on Friday.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Tom Watson shot a 3-under 68 on Friday for a share of the lead in the Senior PGA Championship with fellow Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie and three other players.

The 64-year-old Watson, playing alongside Langer and Montgomerie, had five birdies and a double bogey — on the par-4 12th — to reach 4-under 138 after two rounds at Harbor Shores.

Langer also had a 68, and Montgomerie shot 69 to join Watson, Bart Bryant, Steen Tinning and Kiyoshi Murota atop the leaderboard. Bryant shot 67, Tinning 66, and Murota 65.

Murota, from Japan, had the ...

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