NEWPORT BEACH, California (AP) -- Bernhard Langer birdied three of the last four holes for an 8-under 63 and a two-stroke lead Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.
Langer, the 2008 winner, had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Newport Beach Country Club. The 56-year-old German won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January for his 19th victory on the 50-and-over tour.
"I played really solid through the whole bag," Langer said. "I hit most of the greens in regulation and I was happy with just about every club in my bag."
Fred Couples, the 2010 Toshiba Classic champion, shot a 65, along with Jeff Hart and Taiwan's Chien Soon Lu.
Couples bogeyed the par-4 16th to drop out of a share of the lead, but matched Langer with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th.
Last month in Florida, Langer tied for seventh in Boca Raton and tied for second in Naples. He has broken par in all 10 of his rounds this season and 19 of his last 20.
"What happened with that one round?" Langer joked.
The German topped the first-round leaderboard Friday for the 18th time in his career. In the first 17, he has gone on to win six times.
Kenny Perry, Michael Allen, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf and Scott Simpson were in a tie for fifth at 5-under 66.
Defending champion David Frost opened with a 72.