SUNRIVER, Ore. — Tom Lehman moved into position for his second Champions Tour major victory of the year, shooting a 3-under 69 on Saturday at Crosswater Club to take a two-stroke lead in the Jeld-Wen Tradition.
The Senior PGA winner in late May, Lehman overcame a double-bogey 6 on No. 8 with three birdies on the back nine. He was 11 under.
Bernhard Langer, attempting to become the second player in Champions Tour history to win three consecutive majors, shot a 69 to join Fred Funk and J.L. Lewis at 9 under in the fourth of the tour’s five majors.
Two strokes behind D.A. Weibring after two rounds, Lehman took the outright lead with a birdie at 14, then made a 20-foot birdie putt at 17 to increase his advantage.
Langer, the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive weeks, eagled the par-5 12th en route to his third straight 69. Gary Player won three consecutive senior majors, the final two of 1987 and first of 1988.
Langer also could join Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win three senior majors in a season. In 1991, Nicklaus won the PGA Seniors, U.S. Senior and Tradition.
Lewis, who turned 50 in July, had a bogey-free round.
Funk continued his strong play in the Tradition. He won the 2008 event finished fifth last year.
Weibring (74) and Chien Soon Lu (65) were 8 under along with John Cook (68), Bob Gilder (69), Bob Tway (71) and Gil Morgan (71).
Weibring made four bogeys on the back nine, though he finished with birdies at 17 and 18. Lu, who didn’t play competitive golf from 2001-08 because of back problem, had the best round of the day. He birdied five of his first six holes.
Gilder, the lone Oregonian in the field, briefly tied for the lead early on the back nine, but made a bogey at 18.
Cook lost in a playoff to Mike Reid in the 2009 Tradition.