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Langer leads by 2 at British Senior Open

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.

Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.

He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but then hit back immediately with birdies at the two closing holes.

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Schwab Cup Points
Rank Player Total Points
1 C. Montgomerie 2,543
2 B. Langer 2,520
3 J. Haas 1,480
4 J. Sluman 1,313
5 K. Perry 1,232
6 F. Couples 781
7 T. Lehman 780
8 G. Sauers 756
9 K. Triplett 727
10 M. Allen 703
11 D. Frost 688
12 T. Watson 646
13 J. Durant 623
14 R. Cochran 592
15 M. Calcavecchia 530
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