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Langer favored heading into Senior Open

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EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Bernhard Langer is dominating the Champions Tour heading into the U.S. Senior Open.

The 56-year-old German has three victories and won the most recent event, the Senior Players Championship. He also has three runner-up finishes and has 11 top-10 finishes in 12 events.

He’ll have strong competition. Kenny Perry, the defending U.S. Senior Open champion, has won three of the previous six senior major championships. Scott Verplank turned 50 on Wednesday, reaching the age requirement by one day. Hale Irwin, the only two-time Senior Open winner in the field, would tie Jack Nicklaus for the career record of eight senior major titles with a victory.

Langer says Oak Tree National is one of the most difficult courses around and will be tough when action starts Thursday.