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Alex Čejka hangs on in tough conditions to grab 54-hole lead at The Senior Open Championship

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Alex Čejka hangs on in tough conditions to grab 54-hole lead at The Senior Open Championship

    Written by The Associated Press

    BRIDGEND, Wales -- Alex Cejka posted his worst score so far at The Senior Open Championship in windy conditions to take a one-shot lead into the final round after no player went under-par Saturday at Royal Porthcawl.

    The German shot a 3-over 74 in the third round to follow a par-71 and an opening 3-under 68.

    “It was a tough day for everybody,” said Cejka, who is chasing his third PGA TOUR Champions major championship title.

    Cejka is at even-par overall and has a one-stroke lead over four players tied for second on 1 over, including overnight leader Steven Alker (76), Padraig Harrington (71), Vijay Singh (73) and Phillip Archer (71).

    Alker aced the par-3 15th with a 7-iron.

    “Sometimes hole-in-ones are not good shots and go in but that was a good shot,” Alker said.

    Bernhard Langer, who won the last time the Senior Open was held at Royal Porthcawl in 2017, carded a 75 to tie for 11th at 4 over.

    Defending champion Darren Clarke (73) is tied for 32nd.

    The tournament is the last of five majors on the PGA TOUR Champions schedule. The winner gets into The Open Championship next year at Royal Troon.

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