The Norman Transcript


July 12, 2014

Senior Open champion must weather the Oklahoma sun

NORMAN — If drawn to the underdog, Marco Dawson’s still available. Tied for 13th, he’s got time to get back into it but it’s going to be awfully hard after a second-round 76.

If you’re a sentimentalist and prefer buying American, Tom Lehman’s in the mix at 1-under 141. 

If you like dullards, there’s always Gene Sauers, the other guy at 4-under 138, two back of leader Colin Montgomerie, who’ll pretty much be the invisible man in his Saturday twosome, because the other guy is Bernhard Langer.

If you’re a sentimental dullard who doesn’t buy American, it’s really very easy. You’ll be rooting for Vijay Singh.

And, if you want a guy who’s bound to lead the tour in colorful quotes and stories about him, go with “Last Call” Lance Ten Broeck, who, if his name was “Howard” Ten Broeck, would probably be known as “Happy Hour” Howard Ten Broeck.

Or you could pick nobody and gloriously take it all in. Given what’s transpired after 36 holes of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, it’s a fine choice. 

There’s even a classic feel to it all because, though Scott Dunlap, at 5-under, will be playing with Montgomerie today, everybody’s believes it’s going to be the “Montie and Bernie” show today and Sunday in the Oklahoma sun. 

They’re the two biggest names here at Oak Tree and they’ve done a terrific job of living up to the hype two rounds into the world’s most important over-50 tournament.

Still, there’s something more going on here. There’s another character in the fray.

Langer after a bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey finish that still left him with a Friday 69, said, “It’s a tough golf course out there. It’s hot, you get tired.”

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