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Langer breaks 36-hole Administaff record

By MICHAEL A. LUTZ
Associated Press

SPRING, Texas — Bernhard Langer shot a 7-under 65, easily erasing an early bogey with eight birdies, to maintain a four-shot lead Saturday after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Administaff Small Business Classic.

Langer’s 17-under 127 total broke the 36-hole tournament record of 128 set by defending champion Jay Haas last year and gave the two-time Masters champion a comfortable margin over Mark O’Meara and Texan Tom Kite.

O’Meara, who started the day five shots behind, had an 8-under 64 for a 13-under 131 total. Kite, trying to win his first tournament in his home state, shot a 65.

Langer’s second-round start wasn’t as impressive as the first round when he birdied the first hole and eagled the par-5 second. On Saturday, he started par-bogey, but birdied the next hole and had two more birdies at Nos. 5 and 7. He added five birdies on the back nine, including three in a row to finish his round.

Langer, who is active on the PGA Tour, is playing in his fourth senior event since turning 50 on Aug. 27. He set the course record with a 62 on Friday.

Langer has competed in 14 events on the PGA Tour this season. He lost in a playoff to Rory Sabbatini at the Colonial in Fort Worth earlier this year.

Andy Bean (67) was seven strokes back at 10 under along with Tom Purtzer (65), Jim Thorpe (66), Lonnie Nielsen (67), Jeff Sluman (68) and Tom Jenkins (68).

Haas, the tour’s leading money winner, shot a 66 to reach 9 under. Ben Crenshaw also was 9 under after a 65.

Haas led the Champions Tour point standings for 19 weeks this year before Loren Roberts took over the lead by winning last week’s Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. Haas trails Roberts by 161 points and could regain the lead with a victory this week.

Haas won last year’s rain-shortened 36-hole event with rounds of 63 and 65. His 63 was a course record until Langer broke it Friday.

Haas started the week with $2,431,321 in earnings this year. He’s trying to become the second Champions Tour player to reach $3 million in season earnings. Hale Irwin won $3,028,304 in 2002.

John Cook and Phil Blackmar were well back in their first starts on the Champions Tour. Cook was 3 under after a 72, and Blackmar was 2 under after a 69.

GOLFWEEK STAFF

Scores with relation to par from the secondround of the Administaff Small Business Classic, played Oct. 123hepar-72, 7,006-yard Augusta Pines Golf Club in Spring, Texas:

1. Bernhard Langer 62-65–127

-17 2. Mark O'Meara 67-64–131

-13 2. Tom Kite 66-65–131

-13 4. Tom Purtzer 69-65–134

-10 4. Jim Thorpe 68-66–134

-10 4. Lonnie Nielsen 67-67–134

-10 4. Andy Bean 67-67–134

-10 4. Jeff Sluman 66-68–134

-10 4. Tom Jenkins 66-68–134

-10 10. Ben Crenshaw 70-65–135

-9 10. Jay Haas 69-66–135

-9 10. Jerry Pate 67-68–135

-9 10. Bob Gilder 67-68–135

-9 14. Bruce Fleisher 71-65–136

-8 14. David Eger 69-67–136

-8 14. Mark James 68-68–136

-8 14. Fuzzy Zoeller 67-69–136

-8 18. Chip Beck 69-68–137

-7 18. D.A. Weibring 69-68–137

-7 18. Don Pooley 68-69–137

-7 18. Eduardo Romero 67-70–137

-7 18. Mark McNulty 66-71–137

-7 23. Denis Watson 72-66–138

-6 23. Gil Morgan 70-68–138

-6 23. Keith Fergus 69-69–138

-6 23. Dave Stockton 68-70–138

-6 23. Perry Arthur 68-70–138

-6 23. Mark Wiebe 68-70–138

-6 23. Wayne Levi 68-70–138

-6 30. Mike McCullough 70-69–139

-5 30. Fred Funk 70-69–139

-5 30. Tom McKnight 69-70–139

-5 30. Ed Dougherty 68-71–139

-5 30. John Ross 66-73–139

-5 30. Tom Wargo 67-72–139

-5 30. Craig Stadler 66-73–139

-5 37. Danny Edwards 70-70–140

-4 37. Dan Pohl 70-70–140

-4 37. Bruce Lietzke 70-70–140

-4 37. Rod Spittle 69-71–140

-4 37. Des Smyth 69-71–140

-4 37. John Jacobs 69-71–140

-4 37. Hale Irwin 68-72–140

-4 44. Mike Reid 72-69–141

-3 44. Pat McDonald 69-72–141

-3 44. John Cook 69-72–141

-3 44. Wayne Grady 69-72–141

-3 44. Bruce Vaughan 68-73–141

-3 49. Gary McCord 74-68–142

-2 49. Phil Blackmar 73-69–142

-2 49. Dana Quigley 71-71–142

-2 49. Tim Simpson 70-72–142

-2 49. Dick Mast 70-72–142

-2 49. Hugh Baiocchi 70-72–142

-2 49. John Harris 69-73–142

-2 49. David Edwards 68-74–142

-2 57. Lindy Miller 73-70–143

-1 57. Donnie Hammond 71-72–143

-1 57. Vicente Fernandez 70-73–143

-1 57. Lanny Wadkins 69-74–143

-1 61. Bobby Wadkins 75-69–144

E 61. John McGough 73-71–144

E 61. B. Summerhays 73-71–144

E 61. Scott Simpson 72-72–144

E 61. Graham Marsh 72-72–144

E 61. Dave Eichelberger 71-73–144

E 67. Walter Hall 73-72–145
+ 1 67. Allen Doyle 73-72–145
+ 1 67. Joe Ozaki 71-74–145
+ 1 70. Jim Dent 73-74–147
+ 3 71. Bill Rogers 76-73–149
+ 5 71. Jim Albus 76-73–149
+ 5 71. Harry Taylor 74-75–149
+ 5 71. Mark Johnson 72-77–149
+ 5 75. Morris Hatalsky 75-75–150
+ 6 76. Dale Douglass 79-74–153
+ 9 76. Massy Kuramoto 80-73–153
+ 9 DQ. R.W. Eaks 74-WD

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