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Bernhard Langer takes over the lead with a 66

Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara and Mike Reid in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

Langer, the German star who won the Allianz Championship in February in Boca Raton for his ninth Champions Tour title, had a 9-under 133 total at TPC Tampa Bay.

“My game plan seems to be working so far, so I’ll play the same way I have the past two days,” Langer said.

O’Meara shot a 69, and Reid had a 68.

Fred Couples, trying to match the tour record for victories in consecutive starts of four set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1987, followed his opening 71—his only score higher than 68 in 14 senior rounds—with a 67 to move into a tie for 12th at 4 under.

“I need to be 5 or 6 under to really make a move,” said the 50-year-old Couples, sixth last week in the Masters. “I don’t know what I need to shoot tomorrow—8 under—to be there. I need a hot round and I’ve had few of them this year.”

Tom Kite (67) was fourth at 7 under, and defending champion Nick Price (70) was another stroke back along with Keith Fergus (68) and Dan Forsman (66).

Tom Watson, the 2007 and 2008 winner, was 5 under after a 70. A one-stroke winner over Couples in the season-opening event in Hawaii, the 60-year-old Watson tied for 18th in the Masters. Hal Sutton (67) and Tom Pernice Jr. (70) also were 5 under.

O’Meara is winless on the Champions Tour after winning 16 times on the PGA Tour.

“I want to win. There’s no question about it,” O’Meara said. “It’s been a while. Second’s nice, but I’ve had enough seconds. I don’t want anymore. … Bernhard is out there playing well and he’s always a force. I’ve probably got to shoot 4 under or better tomorrow to have a chance and hopefully get over the hurdle.”



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