BRIDGEND, Wales --
Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.
He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but then hit back immediately with birdies at the two closing holes.
''Six under is very satisfying,'' Langer said. ''I played smart, some good, some great. I didn't make many mistakes and that's what it comes down to at the end.''