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Posted on: Saturday, April 17, 2010

Golf: Langer takes Champions Tour lead


Associated Press

LUTZ, Fla. Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Mark O'Meara and Mike Reid in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Langer, the German star who won the Allianz Championship in February in Boca Raton for his ninth Champions Tour title, had a 9-under 133 total at TPC Tampa Bay.

O'Meara shot a 69, and Reid had a 68.

Fred Couples, trying to match the tour record for victories in consecutive starts of four set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1987, followed his opening 71 - his only score higher than 68 in 14 senior rounds - with a 67 to move into a tie for 12th at 4 under. The 50-year-old Couples is coming off a sixth-place finish in the Masters.

Tom Kite (67) was fourth at 7 under, and defending champion Nick Price (70) was another stroke back along with Keith Fergus (68) and Dan Forsman (66).

Tom Watson, the 2007 and 2008 winner, was 5 under after a 70. A one-stroke winner over Couples in the season-o pening event in Hawaii, the 60-year-old Watson tied for 18th in the Masters. Hal Sutton (67) and Tom Pernice Jr. (70) also were 5 under.