Bernhard Langer, of Germany, reacts to making a birdie putt on the 17th hole during the Regions Tradition Champions Tour golf tournament at Shoal Creek Country Club, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill
June 13, 2015

BELMONT, Mass. (AP) Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 67 in the third round of the Senior Players Championship on Saturday to open an eight-stroke lead heading into the final day.

Russ Cochran was even for the day and in second in the third Champions Tour major of the year at 8 under. Scott Verplank shot a 66 in the third round to move into a four-way tie for third at the 6,812-yard, par-71 Belmont Country Club. He was tied with Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Hart and Guy Boros.

Langer is the defending champion, having won last year at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh. He is trying to become the first golfer to defend his title in the Senior Players Championship since Arnold Palmer in 1984-85.

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