Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Bobby Clampett and Olin Browne in the Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour.
Langer, the 2008 winner, also holed an 8-iron from 143 yards for an eagle on the par-4 sixth hole in his bogey-free round at Newport Beach Country Club.
''I played solidly all round,'' the German said. ''The only trouble I had was 17, but I got it up and down from a bunker to save par.''
Clampett birdied three of the last four holes and finished with eight birdies and two bogeys. He holed a 30-foot birdie chip on the sixth hole.
Browne also birdied the par-5 18th, and had just 27 putts.
''I don't think I had but one chip the whole day,'' Browne said. ''I basically hit every green.''
Loren Roberts, Tom Kite, Steve Pate, Bill Glasson and David Eger were a stroke back at 66, while Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, was at 67.
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