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Lu but tied for 3rd at US Senior Open
SAMMAMISH, WASH. (AP) - Chien Soon Lu shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to move into a tie for third in the U.S. Senior Open, five strokes behind leaders Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer with one round left.
The Taiwanese player will be in the second-to-last group, paired with Tom Kite.
Lu went on to earn the 12th and final spot to qualify for the Tour. He did it with a birdie on the eighth playoff hole.
This season, he has four top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour and now finds himself among some star company _ in contention for the tour’s biggest prize.
“When I go on the course, since the first day, I just try to keep it on the path,” Lu said through an interpreter. “I don’t want to do something aggressive. I think if I do it this way I have chance, even if it’s Top 10.”
Asked how his countryman back in Taiwan would react if he should win the Open, Lu said, “Of course, everyone feel excited. You know, like not some sports are really famous, like baseball, golf right now, so everyone would cheer for me…hero, yeah, hero.”
MARKER IN THE SAND: Jim Pike, Sahalee’s club pro for the past 23 years, was the second alternate at his sectional and barely missed a chance to compete in the Senior Open on his home course.
“It’s a tradition,” said Sautter, a club pro at Philadelphia Golf and Cricket Club. “I needed someone to keep my score and someone to be a marker.”
Pike was willing to serve.
“It was awesome. It was so much fun,” Pike said. “A lot of our members were out there cheering me on so it was pretty special for me.
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