NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Bernhard Langer birdied three of the last four holes for an 8-under 63 and a two-stroke lead Friday in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.
Langer, the 2008 winner, had eight birdies in his bogey-free round 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.
Fred Couples, Jeff Hart and Taiwan's Chien Soon Lu shot 65, and Kenny Perry, Michael Allen, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf and Scott Simpson were another stroke back.
Couples won the 2010 tournament, shooting 66-64-65. Last month in Florida, Allen beat Waldforf in a playoff in Boca Raton, and Triplett won in Naples.
Defending champion David Frost opened with a 72.