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The Senior Open: Darren Clarke in front of Bernhard Langer, Jerry Kelly in Sunningdale |  Golf news


Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland bounced back from a streak of three consecutive bogeys to post an Under-67 score and move forward to the Senior Open – watch live on Saturday from 2pm via the red button and 4 p.m. on Sky Sports Golf

Last update: 07/23/21 10:23 PM

Darren Clarke seeks to become fourth player in history to win Open and Senior Open

Darren Clarke quickly finished his second round to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Senior Open presented by Rolex.

The 2011 Champion Golfer of the Year birdieed four of his last six holes to get a 67-under-three at Sunningdale Golf Club and go to eight under, giving the Northern Irishman a slight advantage over the champion reigning Bernhard Langer and American Jerry Kelly.

A common round of the day 65 from Paul Broadhurst lifted the Englishman to two points of the lead alongside Ernie Els, while Miguel Angel Jimenez and former Masters champion Ian Woosnam are part of the squad of four rhythm in sixth tied.

The Senior Open: Darren Clarke in front of Bernhard Langer, Jerry Kelly in Sunningdale |  Golf news

Ernie Els starred alongside Darren Clarke in the first two rounds

“It would be huge to win,” said Clarke. “But you know, we all have enough time to know that there are only two rounds left and a lot of golf to be played. I would love to have this trophy sitting next to the Claret Jug.

“I have to go to work on an iron game, my iron game wasn’t there mostly around the first nine today, but other than that the ball performed well. Really in the mix comes Sunday afternoon and I would love to improve myself. “

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Clarke opened with two birdies on those first three holes but lost ground with three consecutive bogeys from the sixth, before seeing a birdie in the ninth canceled by a defect in the 12th.

Back-to-back wins from the 13th were followed by birdies in the 16th and the last by four to put Clarke in the lead, with Langer a comeback after also posting a 67 in the second round.

“It’s pretty solid and I’m handling the ball pretty well so I can stay in play to attack a few holes,” said Langer. “That was the key yesterday. I had a great start today with an eagle on one and another birdie, but I just couldn’t continue to the back.”

Colin Montgomerie is eight shots behind after a 72 brace and Sky Sports’ Rich Beem is another shot back after a 70 in the second round, while former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is in the two-man squad on two which includes Alex Cejka and Jim Furyk – who together have won three of the four big senior winners this season.

Watch The Senior Open presented by Rolex throughout the weekend on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues Saturday from 2 p.m. via the red button, before coverage on Sky Sports Golf from 4 p.m.

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