Bernhard Langer waves to the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla., Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sue Ogrocki
July 24, 2014

BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.

Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.

He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but then hit back immediately with birdies at the two closing holes.

''Six under is very satisfying,'' Langer said. ''I played smart, some good, some great. I didn't make many mistakes and that's what it comes down to at the end.''

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