Half-dozen, including Lane, atop German Masters
PULHEIM, Germany -- England's Barry Lane shot a 6-under 66 Thursday despite needing painkillers for his left knee and shared the first-round lead with five others at the German Masters.
Lane underwent knee surgery this year. He said the pain returned after playing the hilly course at last week's European Masters in Switzerland.
"I woke up this morning and told my wife I didn't think I would be able to play," Lane said. "Hopefully it is going to be all right for tomorrow, but you never know."
Langer almost dropped off the leaderboard when his tee shot curved into the water at the 17th hole. He recovered with a short par putt.
"I would love to win this thing," said the 48-year-old Langer, whose last title came in 2002. "It doesn't happen very often anymore and it gets harder all the time."
Defending champion Padraig Harrington was among the players who failed to take advantage of a hot windless day, shooting a 75. Fellow Ryder Cup players Colin Montgomerie and David Howell both carded 72s.
Montgomerie could take the lead in Europe's money list for the first time since 1999 if he wins. The Scotsman trails only Michael Campbell and Goosen in a six-way race for the top spot.
Dredge, with five straight top 15 finishes, faded in the final round after leading both the Deutsche Bank and the Scandinavian Masters.
"I'm trying to look back and learn some lessons," he said. "Maybe in the final round I can snatch a victory."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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