Bernhard Langer leads Toshiba Classic

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Bernhard Langer maintained a two-stroke lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, making four birdies in a late five-hole stretch for a 5-under 66.

Langer, the 2008 winner, had a 13-under 129 total at Newport Beach Country Club. The 56-year-old German won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January for his 19th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Kenny Perry and Chien Soon Lu were tied for second. Perry made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 65, and Lu shot 66.

"I have to get off to a hot start and make birdies," Perry said. "I know he's going to be there at the end. I have to play my best when I go up against him. He doesn't make a mistake."

Fred Couples, Scott Dunlap, Esteban Toledo and Jeff Hart were 10 under.

Langer opened with a birdie, then made his first bogey of the tournament on his next hole. He added two more birdies on the front nine but also had another bogey.

"I had a couple of hiccups on the front nine," Langer said. "I felt I was playing ok. I told my caddy, 'Let's try and play a good back nine' and I did."

On the back nine, Langer birdied Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 17. One No. 15, he hit son Jason in the gallery on his approach shot. Langer then hit a flop shot over a bunker to 10 feet and made the birdie putt.