Langer charges to lead at SAS

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Cary, N.C. — Bern­hard Langer birdied nine of the last 10 holes Fri­day at rain-soft­ened Pre­ston­wood for a 10-un­der 62 and share of lead in the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ SAS Cham­pi­onship.

Tom Lehman and Gene Sauers matched the 61-year-old Langer on the course that was dry enough to play af­ter heavy rain from Hur­ri­cane Michael hit the area Thurs­day.

“Course was in phe­nom­e­nal shape con­sid­er­ing the rain we had yes­ter­day,” Langer said. “I had some pic­tures from 13 and 14 fair­way, the creek down there. I didn’t think we were go­ing to play on time to­day. It was ob­vi­ously mud balls, that’s why we played pre­ferred lies on the fair­ways, but the greens were great and the whole course pre­sented it­self pretty spe­cial.”

Langer birdied Nos. 9-13, parred the 14th, and birdied the fi­nal four.

“It was pretty amaz­ing to go 9 un­der on the last 10 holes,” Langer said “I don’t think I’ve ever done that.”

Lehman also birdied the fi­nal four holes, play­ing his last 10 holes in 8 un­der.

“The back nine, I think there was one lie where there was mud on the ball,” Lehman said. “I prob­a­bly could have played it down the en­tire back nine and got­ten away with it. It was quite an amaz­ing thing con­sid­er­ing all the mois­ture on the course.”

Sauers ea­gled the 17th on his open­ing nine in the fi­nal event for the top 72 play­ers to qual­ify for the Charles Sch­wab Cup play­offs.

“I drove the ball great,” Sauers said. “I missed a cou­ple fair­ways, but I drove the ball great, hit a lot of great iron shots close and I made the putts. That’s been my down­fall for a long time, get them in there tight and I don’t make the putts. To­day I made the putts.”

Jerry Kelly and Olin Browne were four strokes back at 66, and Kenny Perry, Scott Dun­lap and David McKen­zie shot 67.

Vi­jay Singh opened with a 69, play­ing along­side Langer and Perry. De­fend­ing cham­pion Colin Mont­gomerie had a 71, and Charles Sch­wab Cup leader Scott McCar­ron opened with a 73.

Tom Gil­lis (Lake Orion) shot a 69 and is tied for 13th.

PGA

Gary Wood­land shot an 11un­der 61 to tie the course record and join Marc Leish­man in a share of the sec­ond-round lead at the PGA Tour’s CIMB Clas­sic at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Wood­land and Leish­man (62) were at 14-un­der 130 on the re­vamped TPC Kuala Lumpur West course.

Wood­land’s bo­gey-free nines of 30-31 matched the 61 that Justin Thomas shot while win­ning the 2015 tour­na­ment, his first of two ti­tles in a row in Kuala Lumpur.

Shub­hankar Sharma (64) and Paul Casey (65) were tied for third, one stroke be­hind. Both golfers had stretches of four birdies and an ea­gle in five holes.

First-round leader Bron­son Bur­goon shot 69 and was two strokes be­hind.

Brian Stu­ard (Jackson) shot a 73 and is at 1 un­der, tied for 54 th.

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Gary Wood­land tied the course record with a 61 to take the lead at Kuala Lumpur.

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