Langer leads Nedbank Champions

Bernhard Langer, a perennial at Sun City, shot a flawless 68 at Gary Player Country Club on Thursday, earning a three-stroke lead for round one of the Nedbank Champions Challenge.

“I hit the ball beautifully. I drove it extremely well, hit a lot of greens and gave myself a lot of chances. Overall it’s been a steady, solid round. No bogeys, and that’s always fun,” he said.

The focused German had an impressive front nine, and marked the card with three red numbers, courtesy of good ball striking, before turning in 33.

On the back he kept it steady and a birdie at the 14th was his only deviance from par. The two-time Masters champion signed for 68 and claimed a three-stroke lead over Jay Haas and Mark Calcavecchia.

“I’ve played here a lot and I know the course better than most guys, which helps. But you still have to hit good shots, and I played very well today,” said Langer.

In sole fourth was Ian Woosnam, whose Thursday 73 left him five strokes off the pace.

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