Langer takes first-round lead at Senior Open
07/24/2014 4:15 PM
07/24/2014 5:50 PM
Bridgend, Wales (SportsNetwork.com) - In tough, windy conditions, Bernhard Langer carded a first-round, 6-under 65 on Thursday and he holds a 2-shot lead over Bob Tway at the Senior Open Championship.
Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has also won three major titles on the Champions Tour, including this year's Constellation Senior Players Championship. He also won the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior Open Championship in 2010. Langer went wire-to-wire to win this event in 2010.
"I hope so," Langer said about whether he thinks he can go wire-to-wire again. "It's been done before. I've done it before, so hopefully I can do it again."
The 56-year-old is looking for some redemption at this event after letting a 2-shot lead slip away on the 72nd hole last year. Langer wound up losing to Mark Wiebe in a playoff at Royal Birkdale.
Tway is two shots behind Langer after a 4-under 67. Right behind Tway is England's Chris Williams, who fired a 3-under 68 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
Andrew Oldcorn is four shots off the pace following his 2-under 69. Pedro Linhart and Rick Gibson were the only other players to finish their first round under par. The duo is tied for fifth at 1-under 70.
This year's Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open Championship winner Colin Montgomerie is tied for 16th at 1-over 72. Defending champion Wiebe finished the day at 5-over 76 and is 11 shots back.
Langer, who was chasing Tway's 67 all day, started his front nine off strong with two pars at one and two followed by back-to-back birdies at three and four.
Two more birdies at six and eight had Langer at 4-under for the day as he made the turn bogey-free. Langer rattled off three straight pars from No. 10 before making his fifth birdie of the day at the par-5 13th hole.
Langer's first blemish of the day came at No. 16, but he responded in a big way with back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 to close out his round.
"Whenever you're under par on a course like this, it's a good round, and to be 6-under is very satisfying," Langer said. "I played smart. I played pretty good. Not everything was great, but there was a lot of good and some great in it, and I didn't make too many mistakes and that's what it comes down to at the end."
Tway held the early lead after a bogey-free round. Tway made just two birdies on the front nine, but he avoided bogeys as he made the turn at 2-under. It was more of the same on the back nine as he poured in back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. The other seven holes resulted in pars.
"I just think this golf course is great," said Tway. "We don't get to play this type of golf ever, especially when the ball's running this fast. So it was a pleasure just to play a nice round of golf on a fantastic course."
NOTES: Tway has not won on the Champions Tour and his best finish on the year came at the ACE Group Classic, where he ended tied for 11th ... In 13 events this season, Langer has finished outside the top 10 just once, and he has won three events ... Williams' round included three birdies at two, four and six, with the rest of his round resulting in all pars, 12 straight to end the day.
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