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Langer, Jimenez share early lead at season-opening Mitsubishi

Field Level Media
17 Jan 2020, 17:19 GMT+10

Bernhard Langer and Miguel Angel Jimenez both shot 8-under-par 64s, finishing the first round as co-leaders as they helped kick off the 2020 Champions Tour campaign in the first round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf Course in Kona, Hawaii.

The German Langer, 62, barely missed out on last season's PGA Tour Champions title but got off to a solid start on the strength of a round-high nine birdies and just one bogey.

"I had a wonderful day -- start with a birdie, finished with a birdie and really play

ed solid golf," said Langer, a three-time winner of the Mitsubishi. "I made one stupid bogey. We make good bogeys and we make terrible bogeys. I had a pitching wedge from middle of the fairway and made bogey, so that doesn't feel good, but it happens."

The 56-year-old Jimenez, who won his Champions Tour debut at this tournament in 2015, fired a bogey-free opening round with eight birdies.

"Playing very well, very solid. I miss just a couple of shots, but I'm not used to the distance," said Jimenez, who joined Fred Couples and Scott Parel as the only players to avoid a bogey. "I make good up-and-downs and then chances for birdie. I make my birdie and here we are."

Langer, who has earned victories in every Tour season since 2012, and Jimenez, with wins in six straight years, rank first and second with the two longest active streaks of seasons with at least one Champions Tour victory.

Woody Austin, 55, sits in third after the first day of the season after shooting a 65 -- firing a pair of eagles in the process. Kenny Perry and Joe Durant round out the top five after day one, as both shot a 65.

Ernie Els, who turned 50 in October, made his Champions Tour debut with an even-par 72.

--Field Level Media

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