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Bernhard Langer shoots 7-under 65 to take 2-shot lead in SAS Championship


CARY, North Carolina — Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.

The 58-year-old German star had seven birdies in a bogey-free round at Prestonwood Country Club. He won the Senior Players Championship in June for his 24th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Gene Sauers, John Riegger and Scott Dunlap shot 67, and Kenny Perry was another stroke back along with Tom Lehman, Duffy Waldorf, Kevin Sutherland, Rod Spittle, Greg Kraft and Olin Browne.

"It's one of the windier days I've played out here, so it was a challenge right out of the box," Waldorf said.

Langer is third in the Charles Schwab Cup points race, 388 points behind leader Colin Montgomerie and Jeff Maggert with four events left. Montgomerie was tied for 17th after a 70, and Maggert was tied for 36th after a 72. The tournament winner will get 315 points. Langer is trying to become the first three-time Cup winner after taking the season titles in 2010 and 2014.

Langer, the 2012 winner at Prestonwood, skipped the last Champions Tour event in September at Pebble Beach to play in the European's European Open at a course he designed in Germany.

"That was a unique experience," Langer said. "It was fun."

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