Champions Tour: Langer maintains lead

Updated: 15 October 2007 18:12 IST

Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65, easily erasing an early bogey with eight birdies, to maintain a four-shot lead after the second round.

Champions Tour: Langer maintains lead

Texas:

Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65, easily erasing an early bogey with eight birdies, to maintain a four-shot lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Administaff Small Business Classic on Saturday.

Langer's 17-under 127 total broke the 36-hole tournament record of 128 set by defending champion Jay Haas last year and gave the two-time Masters champion a comfortable margin over Mark O'Meara and Texan Tom Kite.

O'Meara, who started the day five shots behind, had an 8-under 64 for a 13-under 131 total. Kite, trying to win his first tournament in his home state, shot a 65.

Langer's second-round start wasn't as impressive as the first round when he birdied the first hole and eagled the par-5 second. On Saturday, he started par-bogey, but birdied the next hole and had two more birdies at Nos 5 and 7. He added five birdies on the back nine, including three in a row to finish his round.

Langer, who is active on the US PGA Tour, is playing in his fourth senior event since turning 50 on Aug 27. He set the course record with a 62 on Friday.

Langer has competed in 14 events on the U.S. PGA Tour this season. He lost in a playoff to Rory Sabbatini at the Colonial in Fort Worth earlier this year.

Andy Bean (67) was seven strokes back at 10 under along with Tom Purtzer (65), Jim Thorpe (66), Lonnie Nielsen (67), Jeff Sluman (68) and Tom Jenkins (68).

Haas, the tour's leading money winner, shot a 66 to reach 9 under. Ben Crenshaw also was 9 under after a 65.

Haas led the Champions Tour point standings for 19 weeks this year before Loren Roberts took over the lead by winning last week's Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Haas trails Roberts by 161 points and could regain the lead with a victory this week.

Haas won last year's rain-shortened 36-hole event with rounds of 63 and 65. His 63 was a course record until Langer broke it Friday.

John Cook and Phil Blackmar were well back in their first starts on the Champions Tour. Cook was 3 under after a 72, and Blackmar was 2 under after a 69.



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