3-way share of lead at Toshiba Classic

Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a

share of the first-round lead with Bobby Clampett and Olin Browne

in the Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour.

Langer, the 2008 winner, also holed an 8-iron from 143 yards for

an eagle on the par-4 sixth hole in his bogey-free round at Newport

Beach Country Club.

”I played solidly all round,” the German said. ”The only

trouble I had was 17, but I got it up and down from a bunker to

save par.”

Clampett birdied three of the last four holes and finished with

eight birdies and two bogeys. He holed a 30-foot birdie chip on the

sixth hole.

Browne also birdied the par-5 18th, and had just 27 putts.

”I don’t think I had but one chip the whole day,” Browne said.

”I basically hit every green.”

Loren Roberts, Tom Kite, Steve Pate, Bill Glasson and David Eger

were a stroke back at 66, while Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, was

at 67.

Defending champion Nick Price shot a 70. He opened with a

career-best 60 last year.

Heavy rain is expected Saturday and Sunday.

”Everyone knows it’s going to be cold and wet,” Browne said.

”Every shot you made was one less you have to try and make up in

bad conditions the next couple days.”

Langer, who now lives in Florida, isn’t looking forward to the

weekend weather.

”I used to be a good bad weather golfer,” Langer said. ”When

guys were complaining about the weather, I was grinding it out. I

certainly don’t like playing in the rain now.”

Clampett is happy to just be playing. After spending many years

working in the broadcast booth, he has been able to get sponsor

exemptions for tournaments.

”For me it was 15 years that I was away from the game,”

Clampett said. ”I was really looking forward to turning 50 because

my passion for the game is back. I wanted to play.”