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Langer made a state-
ment of intent when he
opened with a 6-under-
par 65 to take a two-
stroke lead over Amer-
ican Bob Tway in the
British Senior Open at
a sweltering Royal
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
"Six under is very sat-
isfying," Langer said. "I
played smart, some
good, some great.
"I kept it out of the
bunkers and out of the
hay, and gave myself
some opportunities. And
I m pleased with a
Langer is trying to add
a second British Senior
title to the one he won
at Carnoustie in 2010.
Tway set the early
target at 4-under 67,
with birdies at the first,
sixth, 12th and 13th, and
no dropped shots.
"It was a pleasure to
play a nice round of golf
on a great golf course,"
Tway said. "I probably
should have bogeyed a
couple of holes coming
in, but I got lucky."
Chris Williams of
England was alone in
third on a bogey-free
68 with birdies at Nos.
2, 4 and 6, while
Andrew Oldcorn of
Scotland was a stroke
behind in fourth. Spain s
Pedro Linhart and Cana-
dian Rick Gibson were
tied for fifth on 70.
Mark Wiebe, who beat
Langer in last year s play-
off and played with him
in the first round, carded
bidding for his third suc-
cessive seniors major,
was on 74 with just two
birdies, and three
Tom Watson had a
roller-coaster front nine
of 1-over 36, steadied the
ship for five holes after
the turn, then dropped
three strokes on succes-
sive holes before birdieing
the last for a 3-over 74.
On the way out he
birdied the first, dropped
a stroke at the next three
holes, parred No. 5,
birdied the sixth, dropped
a stroke at the seventh,
birdied the eighth, and
parred the ninth.
The winner at Royal
Birkdale two years ago,
Fred Couples, was out in
39 after a triple-bogey
eight at the long sixth,
but stormed back with a
from the 12th to get back
to level, dropped a stroke
at the 16th, and birdied
the last to be back in 32
for a par 71.
BUDAPEST---Lewis Hamilton says he
and Mercedes want to extend his con-
tract beyond next year, although they
have yet to hold formal talks about a
"We haven t sat down yet but the
team knows that I would like to push to
continue and they ve made it clear they d
like to do the same," Hamilton said yes-
terday at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
A win on Sunday would give Hamilton
three straight victories and five overall
on the Hungaroring circuit, exceeding
Michael Schumacher s four wins.
Hamilton said he felt "not 100 per
cent but close" after crashing in qual-
ifying due to a brake failure at last
week s German GP, a race in which he
surged to third place after starting 20th.
"I ve recovered quite a lot from the
last race, and this weekend is going to
be no problem," Hamilton said.
He has five wins this season, and
lies 14 points behind championship
leader and teammate Nico Rosberg.
He said he would not let the
mechanical failure in Hockenheim
haunt him in Hungary.
"As a racing driver you have to have
100 per cent confidence in your car
and your team," he said. "Even though
I had that issue ... you can never have
doubt in the car, safety-wise partic-
ularly, or that will hold you back mas-
Rosberg recently signed his own con-
tract extension with the German outfit.
He said he enjoys racing on the slow
and winding Hungarian track despite
his poor recent results here.
"It s like Monaco, a street circuit,
but in a permanent track," Rosberg
said. "It s really challenging to get that
perfect lap because of all the turns and
bumps. It s an awesome track."
Four-time world champion Sebastian
Vettel said that though the slower circuit
could help his Red Bull team, Mercedes
seemed unbeatable this season.
"If everything goes normal and being
realistic, it s difficult to beat Mercedes
because they are so much quicker than
everyone else," Vettel said.
The German driver said he was
impressed by the recent results obtained
by Valtteri Bottas of Williams, who has
made the podium in the last three races
with one third and two second-place
Mercedes has won nine of the ten
races so far.
"They could have a nice Saturday
afternoon" at the nearby waterpark
"and still win the race on Sunday," said
Vettel, sixth in the championship.
Two practice sessions will be held
on Friday and one on Saturday morning
before the afternoon qualifying.
MOSCOW---David Horsey birdied
four of his final six holes yesterday
for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead
in the first round of the Russian Open.
Former French Open tennis cham-
pion Yevgeny Kafelnikov, one of ten
Russians in the field, shot an 11-over
83 with one birdie, six bogeys and three
Horsey has four top-10 finishes this
season, including a share of ninth in
last month s Lyoness Open in Austria.
"I have been working hard on my
game the last 9-to-10 months and
while it s been a bit inconsistent, the
good stuff has been really good and it s
just that inconsistency and a lack of
confidence with it that s hurt a bit,"
the 29-year-old Englishman said.
"However, that comes with the territory
when you bring in changes, but they re
starting to bed in and I m starting to
get more comfortable."
Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford
(both 66) were tied for second at the
Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club. A further
eight players shared fourth place at 5
under. Jamieson capped his round with
an eagle at the par-5 eighth hole and
a birdie at the last. Whiteford birdied
four of his last seven holes.
Defending champion Michael Hoey
withdrew from the event with a left
Brumbies have named the same
team that beat the defending
champion Chiefs last weekend
for Saturday s Super Rugby semi-
final against the New South Wales
The Brumbies were beaten 39-
8 by the Waratahs when the teams
met last month in the regular sea-
son. But they recovered form to
beat the Western Force 37-25 to
reach the playoffs, then ended the
Chiefs two-year reign as Super
Rugby champions 32-30 in last
weekend s qualifying final.
The Brumbies avoided injuries
during a bruising clash with the
Chiefs and are only weakened for
Saturday s match by long-term
injuries to Wallabies David Pocock
and Stephen Moore.
Co-coach Laurie Fisher said "to
have got through last weekend
injury free, it s great for us to be
playing again this weekend to
Langer leads British
Senior after first round
Bernhard Langer watches his tee shot on No 18
during practice rounds for the US Senior Open golf
tournament at Oak Tree National in Edmond,
Oklahoma, Wednesday. AP PHOTO
Brumbies name unchanged side for Super Rugby semi
Hamilton hoping to extend
Horsey takes one-stroke lead in Moscow
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