Bernhard Langer leads by three after second day at Montreal Champ'ship

Bernhard Langer
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Bernhard Langer leads the Montreal Championship after five birdies in a bogey-free second round.
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Series: Champions Tour

Published: Saturday, September 07, 2013 | 5:22 p.m.

SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec – Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 67 in windy and rainy conditions on Saturday to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship. 

Langer had five birdies in a bogey-free second round to reach 6 under on La Vallee du Richelieu's Rouville Course. The two-time Masters champion has two victories this year and 18 overall on the 50-and-over tour. 

"I hit a lot of fairways, which helps me control my distance with my irons," said Langer, from Germany. "It's a lot easier from the fairway than from the rough. I putted pretty nicely, too. I had a lot of speed on my putts, gave myself a lot of chances with the putts. I was a bit unlucky on some occasions but overall I was very pleased." 

Kenny Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, was 3 under along with Willie Wood, Chien Soon Lu, Bill Glasson and Anders Forsbrand. Perry had a 71. 

"I made 10 pars starting from 10 through 18 so I really never could get anything going," Perry said. "It was pretty blustery out there, tough conditions. Bernhard played a beautiful round of golf to shoot a 67. I couldn't make it happen today, but I'm still in the golf tournament. ... If he (Langer) shoots even par and I shoot 4 under I'll win the golf tournament. So he needs to play a good round of golf and I need to play a great round of golf." 

Wood and Lu shot 68, and Glasson and Forsbrand shot 69. 

Rocco Mediate, coming off a seven-stroke victory in Calgary the previous weekend, followed his opening 75 with a 68 to get to 1 under. 

Mark Calcavecchia, the winner last year on the adjacent Vercheres layout, was 2 over after a 72. He missed the tour's previous two events because of back problems.