Langer, Sauers share lead in SAS Cham­pi­onship

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Bern­hard Langer birdied three of the fi­nal four holes Satur­day for a 5un­der 67 and a share of the SAS Cham­pi­onship lead with Gene Sauers.

A day af­ter nearly shoot­ing his age with a 62 to match Sauers and Tom Lehman for the firstround lead, the 61-yearold Langer kept pace with Sauers at 15-un­der 129.

Langer had six birdies and a bo­gey at Pre­ston­wood Coun­try Club in Cary, N.C., the tree-lined lay­out soft­ened by heavy rain from Hur­ri­cane Michael. Sauers birdied two of the last three holes.

No­table

PGA Tour: Gary Wood­land birdied the 18th hole for a 5-un­der 67 to move into a three-way tie for the lead with Marc Leish­man and Shub­hankar Sharma af­ter three rounds of the CIMB Clas­sic in Malaysia.

Wood­land just missed an ea­gle putt, while Sharma (66) and Leish­man (67) had to set­tle for pars.

LPGA Tour: Danielle Kang and Charley Hull shot 4-un­der 68s to re­tain the lead af­ter three rounds of the KEB Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship in South Korea. Ariya Ju­tanu­garn was one stroke be­hind af­ter a 69.

Euro­pean Tour: Ed­die Pep­perell will take a three­shot lead into the fi­nal round of the Bri­tish Mas­ters af­ter a 1-un­der 71 as he looks for his sec­ond Euro­pean Tour ti­tle and a likely place in next year’s Mas­ters.

Con­gres­sional cited for tree re­moval:

Bethesda, Mary­land’s tony Con­gres­sional Coun­try Club, known for host­ing such high-pro­file tour­na­ments as the U.S. Open, re­cently was vis­ited by some other, per­haps less wel­come, guests: Mont­gomery County in­spec­tors, who cited the club for de­nud­ing its pic­turesque fair- ways of shade trees with­out ac­quir­ing the proper per­mit.

Large prop­er­ties such as the coun­try club are re­quired to ob­tain a sed­i­ment con­trol per­mit from Mary­land’s most pop­u­lous county if they clear more than 5,000 square feet of tree canopy. The club chopped down more than four times that amount with­out se­cur­ing per­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to county of­fi­cials.

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