Saturday, October 21, 2017

Langer shares leads in first event of US Seniors' play-offs with 18th hole birdie 

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) -- Bernhard Langer birdied the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 and a four-way share of the first-round lead Friday in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first event in the US PGA Tour Champions' Charles Schwab Cup play-offs.
Seeking an unprecedented fifth Schwab Cup and fourth in a row, the 60-year-old Florida-based Langer leads the over-50s' season standings and has a tour-high five victories this season.
"Played really well," Langer said after his bogey-free round. "I hit every fairway, hit 17 greens in regulation. That means I had 17 chances for birdie, and the one I missed I made par out of the bunker. So that was about as bad as I could have scored, basically. Didn't make many putts."
Rocco Mediate, David Toms and Joe Durant matched Langer atop the leaderboard at The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. Jay Don Blake, Olin Browne and Glen Day were a stroke back.
"It's a nice start for me, period," Mediate said. "I haven't been around much. It was a solid, solid day. Putted nice, drove nice. You have to do it around here, it's a good golf course.
Toms and Durant also were bogey-free.
"I like the golf course," Toms said. "I played solid yesterday in the pro-am. Went out there early in the round, I hit a couple wayward drives and got in the rough. It's tough to play out of the rough. But I recovered well and then started to find the swing with the driver and I set myself up to have a lot of birdie opportunities the rest of the round."
Colin Montgomerie made a disappointing start with a 71 - the same score as Paul Broadhurst - to be T27
The event is the first of three in the playoffs. The play-off field will be cut to 54 for the PowerShares QQQ Championship next week in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

par 72
players from USA unless stated otherwise
67 Rocco Mediate David Toms, Joe Durant, Bernhard Langer (Germany).
68 Jay Don Blake, Olin Browne, Glen Day.

71 Paul Broadhurst (England), Colin Montgomerie (Scotland) (T27)
73 Phillip Price (Wales) (T52)





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