Former European Tour Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer will go into the weekend action two shots off the lead in the US Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in New York State.
The German repeated his opening one over par 71 for a two over par total of 142 to lie in a tie for fourth place with American Mark O’Meara, the duo both two shots adrift of leader Tom Purtzer who carded an excellent second round 67 to move from 21st at the start of the day into pole position on 140.
Langer came into the week as one of the favourites for the first Senior Major of the 2008 season thanks to his excellent start on the US Champions Tour where he currently leads the Money List.
He also went with pleasant memories of the Rochester venue where he won two points as part of the successful European Ryder Cup Team which beat the United States 14 ½ - 13 ½ in the 1995 Ryder Cup.
One over par to the turn, the 50 year old German endured a rollercoaster ride on the back nine with two birdies and two bogeys in five holes from the 12th before he steadied the ship with two par fours to finish.
European Seniors Tour interest was maintained at the top end of the leaderboard by Ireland’s Des Smyth whose second round level par 70 gave him a four over par total of 144 and a share of seventh place going into the weekend.
Leader Purtzer did drop two shots in his 67 but more than made amends with a purple patch in the middle of his second round, carding four birdies in six holes from the seventh to the 12th.