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Langer takes an eight-stroke lead
into the final round of the Senior
British Open championship after
shooting a 3-under 68 at Royal
Porthcawl yesterday for a 14-
Langer won the title at
Carnoustie in 2010 but lost in a
playoff at Royal Birkdale last year.
He also led going into the final
round at Turnberry in 2012, only
to fade on the final day.
That seems unlikely to happen
again given the German s three-
day masterclass on the sun-kissed
South Wales links. Canadian Rick
Gibson is his nearest challenger
on 6-under 207 after a 5-under
66, hitting back with six birdies
after dropping a shot at the first.
Bob Tway of the United States is
third, a further stroke back after
Langer takes 8-shot lead
at Senior British Open
One championship leader Nico
Rosberg claimed pole position
yesterday for the Hungarian
Grand Prix while Mercedes team-
mate Lewis Hamilton will start
at the back of the race grid as an
engine fire prevented him setting
a qualifying time.
Rosberg s time of 1 minute,
22.715 seconds at the Hungaroring
was 0.486 seconds ahead of Red
Bull s Sebastian Vettel while Valtteri
Bottas of Williams qualified third.
Hamilton, who was fastest in all
three practice sessions, will start
at the back for the second-straight
grand prix as his engine caught
fire due to a fuel leak in the early
stages of the first session of qual-
Brake failure caused Hamilton
to crash during qualifying at the
German Grand Prix last week, but
he finished third after starting 20th.
A similar performance will be dif-
ficult on the twisting Hungaror-
ing---a circuit where Hamilton has
won four times, including the past
two races---as it offers few clear
opportunities for passing.
"There s a lot going through my
mind, but I just have to try to turn
it into positives tomorrow," Hamil-
ton said. "It s getting to the point
when it s kind of beyond bad luck.
We need to do better."
With the whole field separating
the two Mercedes drivers in Sun-
day s race, Rosberg is perfectly
positioned to build on his 14-point
lead over Hamilton in the drivers
"I would prefer to be out there
battling with Lewis," said Rosberg.
"That would give me the maxi-
mum adrenalin rush."
A brief rain shower complicated
the final session of qualifying, with
Kevin Magnussen of McLaren slid-
ing off the track and making a
heavy collision with a tire wall.
"It was massively difficult down
there and unpredictable," said Ros-
berg, who like Magnussen ran off
the track at the slippery Turn 1
but avoided the barriers.
It has been a challenging season
for four-time defending champion
Vettel. After winning 13 of 19 races
in 2013, including the last nine,
Vettel s best results this year are
two third-place finishes. Nonethe-
less, the layout of the Hungarian
circuit could boost his team s per-
"The nature of the track suits
us a bit more---it has less straights,"
Vettel said. "It seems we are a little
bit closer, but Nico s final lap was
very good so the gap was again
quite big, bigger than we were hop-
Bottas, who has been surging
lately and finished second twice
and third once in the last three
races, complained of "missing
some grip" but was still satisfied
with the performance of Williams,
which is third in the constructors
standings behind Mercedes and
"Today was a really good day
for us," said Bottas, whose team-
mate Felipe Massa will start from
the sixth spot on the grid. "We
have a good chance also here to
get some really good points."
Daniel Ricciardo qualified fourth
for Red Bull ahead of Ferrari s Fer-
Behind Massa in sixth came Jen-
son Button of McLaren, Toro
Rosso s Jean-Eric Vergne, Force
India s Nico Hulkenberg, and Mag-
nussen, who did not set a third-
Ferrari s Kimi Raikkonen qual-
ified a lowly 17th due to a tactical
blunder by the team, which tried
to preserve tires and not send him
out in the closing stages of the first
session, believing his existing time
could not be bettered, only for
Marussia s Jules Bianchi to do so.
Thunderstorms have been fore-
cast for Sunday, along with a max-
imum temperature of 33 degrees
Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit), though
most of the rain is expected to fall
in the late afternoon, after the race.
Rosberg pole, Hamilton at
the back for Hungary GP
MOSCOW---England s David
Horsey and Scotland s Peter
Whiteford share the lead, four
shots clear of their nearest rivals,
heading into the final round of
the Russian Open.
Horsey, who led the opening
two rounds, shot a 2-under-par
70 yesterday to reach 13-under
203 and was joined by Whiteford
windy Tseleevo Golf and Polo
Club in suburban Moscow. Scot-
land s Scott Jamieson (69), Italy s
Andrea Pavan (64) and Belgium s
Thomas Pieters (72) share third
place at 9-under.
Horsey is one of just three
players in the event ranked inside
the world s top-200 and is seek-
ing his third European Tour win,
three years after his previous title.
Horsey had five birdies but
also dropped three shots, and
holed out from a greenside
bunker to salvage par at the last.
"Pete (Whiteford) started like
a train and I was just trying to
tell myself to concentrate on my
own game," said Horsey. "I just
kept reminding myself to stay
patient and concentrate on my
own game, not what Pete was
"I didn t quite maintain it that
well on the back nine, but I kept
myself in there and hopefully it ll
be a little better tomorrow."
Whiteford is aiming for his
first victory in his 181st tour
event, having twice been a run-
"It hasn t been the best season
this year. It s been pretty brutal
really," Whiteford said.
"I m not confident at all but
that front nine today helps mas-
sively and I m glad Dave and I
have put a bit of breathing space
between us and the next guys.
It might be a bit like match play
on the front nine tomorrow."
Pavan s flawless round of 64
was laced with eight birdies,
including four in succession from
the 13th hole. It set a new course
record; one shot fewer than
Northern Ireland s Michael Hoey
posted en route to victory a year
Horsey and Whiteford
share lead at Russian Open
Bernhard Langer of Munich, Germany, hits his approach shot to the 18th green
out of the rough during the third round of the Senior Players Championship golf
tournament at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, on June 28. Langer parred the
18th to shoot at 4-under-par 66, giving him the tournament lead at
15-under-par. AP PHOTO
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