Langer among three leaders in California
Newport Beach, CA (Sports Network) - Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole Friday to grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Toshiba Classic.
Langer, the 2008 champion, carded a six-under 65 and was joined in the lead at Newport Beach Country Club by Olin Browne and Bobby Clampett.
Tom Kite posted a five-under 66 and was tied for fourth place with Steve Pate, Bill Glasson, David Eger and Loren Roberts.
Mark Calcavecchia, 2010 champ Fred Couples, and CBS golf analyst Gary McCord, who won this title in 1999, were among nine players two strokes off the lead at minus-four.
Langer was the last of the three leaders to reach six-under. He birdied the fourth, then holed an eight-iron approach shot for eagle on the par-four sixth to jump to minus-three.
"That was the highlight," said Langer. "Otherwise, I played pretty solid."
After three straight pars, the German converted a birdie try at the 10th and birdied the two par-fives down the stretch, Nos. 15 and 18, to grab a piece of the lead.
Browne opened with a birdie on the 10th, then dropped in consecutive birdie tries from the 14th to get to three-under.
The reigning U.S. Senior Open champion turned at minus-four after a birdie on the 18th. For the second time in his round, he converted back-to-back birdie chances, this time at three and four, to join Clampett at minus-six. Browne parred his final five holes to end there.
"I really struck the ball nicely today. I opened up with a birdie on 10, which was great way to start the day," Browne admitted. "Made a couple of really good attempts on the next couple of holes."
Clampett, who has played 32 tournament over the last two years, started his round with birdies on the first and third. He tripped to a bogey on the fifth, but bounced back with birdies at six and seven.
The 51-year-old stumbled to a three-putt bogey on the eighth to dip back to minus-two. Around the turn, he birdied the 10th.
Clampett parred four in a row before making birdie on three of the last four holes, including 17 and 18, to grab a share of the lead.
"I played really good all day. I drove the ball pretty well for me and hit a lot of good iron shots," Clampett said. "I felt like I putted pretty decently. Overall, I felt really good about the whole day."
NOTES: Defending champion Nick Price managed a one-under 70 and is tied for 36th...Tom Purtzer, the 2004 winner, is one of seven players tied for 18th at minus-three...Dave Stockton withdrew after making bogey on four of his first five holes.
03/16 21:10:10 ET