Langer Leads British Senior Open; Tie At Canadien Open
Friday Jul 25, 2014 12:00am
Langer leads Senior British Open after first round
(BRIDGEND, WALES) – 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. Langer is trying to add a second British Senior title to the one he won at Carnoustie in 2010. Tway set the early target at 4 under 67, with birdies at the first, sixth, 12th and 13th, and no dropped shots. Chris Williams of England was alone in third on a bogey-free 68 with birdies at Nos. 2, 4 and 6, while Andrew Oldcorn of Scotland was a stroke behind in fourth. Mark Wiebe, who beat Langer in last year's playoff and played with him in the first round, carded 5 over 76.
Putnam, Petrovic share Canadien Open lead
(MONTREAL) – Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6 under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47 year old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. Petrovic eagled the par-5 12th hole and had four birdies in his bogey-free round. He won his lone PGA Tour title in New Orleans in 2005. The 31 year old Putnam had six birdies in a bogey-free round, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation. Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith and Kyle Stanley were a stroke back, and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Nick Watney and Robert Allenby topped the group at 66. The 23 year old Pendrith, making his first PGA Tour start, is coming off his senior season at Kent State.