Bernhard Langer's birdie nets lead

Updated: January 29, 2011, 10:14 PM ET
Associated Press

KAANAPALI, Hawaii -- Bernhard Langer made an 8-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole for four skins and $120,000, giving the German star and partner Mark O'Meara the lead Saturday in the Champions Skins Game.

Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw, the 2009 winners, were second with $80,000 after the first nine holes in the two-day, 18-hole event. Zoeller made a bending 20-foot birdie putt on the eighth for two skins.

Defending champions Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson won the first two skins when Nicklaus hit his iron shot to 2 feet on No. 2 and Watson tapped in for $60,000.

Fred Couples and Nick Price were shut out on the first nine at Royal Kaanapali.

With a $40,000 carryover from No. 9, $510,000 was available on the back nine Sunday.


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