Langer takes lead at ACE Group Classic

Last updated 12:54 16/02/2013

Relevant offers


From Heretaunga to Augusta, the race starts at NZ amateur at Royal Wellington Padraig Harrington claims first European Tour victory in 8 years Ryan Fox slips fourth in latest Challenge Tour event, edging closer to European Tour card New Zealand golfer Ryan Fox holds four-shot lead at Foshan Open in China Tiger Woods believes he will eclipse Jack Nicklaus' major record Head to Head: Is Lydia Ko's sacking of her caddie simply papering over bigger problems? Lydia Ko's axing of Australian caddie Jason Hamilton 'very surprising': Steve Williams Strong final rounds can't help Steve Alker and Danny Lee at PGA Tour opener Lydia Ko ends tough week with lowest finish of LPGA season in South Korea Doctors told him he might not have long above ground - now he's shot a hole-in-one

Bernhard Langer holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the par-4 10th and finished with a 10-under 62 on Friday to take a three-stroke in the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic.

Langer hit a 9-iron from 141 yards that went right in the cup on the 10th.

"Just heard a lot of noise when it hit the flag and cup," he said. "Sometimes they bounce out and go all over the place, but this one stayed in, so that was nice."

Langer had three birdies on the front nine on TwinEagles' Talon Course, then played the back nine in 7-under 29 with the eagle and five birdies - including four in a row on Nos 13-16.

Langer got off to a slow start with four straight pars, but was hitting the ball well.

"It was just a matter of being patient, and it can happen in golf," he said.

Langer needed an eagle and birdie on the last two holes to get to 59, and eagled No 17 all three times he played it last year.

"I was thinking even though it's wet and the course is playing much longer, if I really hit a great tee shot down there, might get there (in two) with a 3-wood, but slightly mis-hit my tee shot, and that was just about 10 yards too far away to go for it," he said.

The 55-year-old German star, a 16-time winner on the 50-and-over tour, won the event in 2011 at The Quarry.

Bob Tway was second after a 65, and Tom Pernice Jr., Jay Don Blake and John Huston shot 66.

Tway, who has had two top-10 finishes in his last 44 events, spent the offseason working on his short game.

"I haven't been very pleased with how I've been playing, so I spent a lot of time at it," he said.

Light rain fell throughout the morning, with a brief heavier shower.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content