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Langer, Bryant share Champions Tour lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: May 2, 2014
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the lead with Bart Bryant on Friday in the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational.

Langer matched Bryant at 6-under 66 at The Woodlands Country Club. Langer won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. The 56-year-old German player won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his 19th Champions Tour title and has 20 straight under-par rounds.

The birdie streak tied Dan Forsman's 2009 tournament record.

"You want to keep going," Langer said. "I was sad the day was over. I would've liked to try a few more holes to make a few more birdies."

Bryant won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open last year for his lone victory on the 50-and-over tour.

He rebounded from a bogey on the par-5 13th with three straight birdies.

"I felt like it was a real anomaly, but then to hit a really good iron shot and salvage the bogey was pretty big," he said. "That kept my spirits up."

Defending champion Esteban Toledo was a stroke back. Last year, he became the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history, beating Mike Goodes with a par on the third hole of a playoff.

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