NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 6 (UPI) -- Defending champion Bernhard Langer played the final four holes in 4-under Friday to take the first-round lead at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.
Langer began his final surge by holing an eagle putt from the front of the green at the par-5 15th. He hit his second shot to within six feet at the par-5 18th, but missed that putt and had to settle for a birdie.
"I struck the ball extremely well, drove it nicely, just missed a couple of short putts," said Langer, a two-time Masters champion. "I could have done a little better, but the main thing is I'm hitting the ball well."