BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) — Bernhard Langer has a seven-stroke cushion to take into the third round of the Senior British Open after shooting a 5-under 66 Friday to add to his opening 65.
The German is on 11-under 131 overall at a sunny Royal Porthcawl with Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and South African-based Englishman Chris Williams tied for second on 4-under 138.
Montgomerie shot 66 while Williams added a 70 to his opening 68.
Spaniard Pedro Linhart (69) was a further shot back in fourth, while Americans Bob Tway (73) and Tom Watson (66) shared fifth on 2-under 140.
Watson had a faultless round of 66 with three birdies, an eagle at the 18th and no dropped shots.
Langer was beaten in a playoff by Mark Wiebe of the United States in last year's championship at Royal Birkdale after blowing a two-stroke lead on the final hole when he failed to get out of a greenside bunker.
"It still hurts when I think about it," Langer said. "If you put me in that situation a hundred times, I think I would win 98 or 99."
Langer started with a bogey five at the opening hole when he pulled a 4-iron into a bad lie, hit his second over the green and didn't get up and down.
He recovered with three straight birdies from the fourth, hitting a sand-wedge to six feet, a 3-iron to seven feet and chipped his third to three feet on the par-five sixth and sank it.
Two more birdies came at Nos. 11 and 12, he saved his par at the 14th with a 15-foot putt, then hit a drive and a 5-iron to 10 feet at the 18th and just missed his eagle attempt.
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