Champions Tour

Langer leads ACE Group Classic by 1

Naples, FL ( - Bernhard Langer fired an 8-under 64 on Friday and took a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of the ACE Group Classic.

Langer, the defending champion, carded his fourth 64 on seven rounds this season on the Champions Tour.

Bob Tway carded a 7-under 65 on the Talon Course at The TwinEagles Club and he stands alone in second place. Olin Browne is one stroke back at minus-6 and is alone in third.

Duffy Waldorf and Kirk Triplett share fourth place at 5-under 67, while 2010 runner-up Tommy Armour III headlines a group of seven players tied for sixth at minus-4.

Langer was on fire right from the start of his round. He poured in three consecutive birdie chances from the second. After a par on No. 5, Langer birdied the par-5 sixth from about 15 feet out.

The 2011 and 2013 winner birdied the ninth to make the turn at minus-5.

Langer, who has finished in the top five in each of the last five years at this event, made a 5-foot birdie putt on the next par-5, No. 13. He dropped in a 15-foot birdie effort on the par-3 16th and made it two in a row as he birdied the 17th from just inside 15 feet.

"No bogeys, that always sounds good and eight birdies sounds even better," Langer joked. "I hit a lot of good shots and putted well and that's always key. If you make some putts, you can go low. If you don't make putts, it's very difficult. I hit a lot of greens, didn't have too many struggles of saving par, played the par 5s very well, couldn't reach any of them in two and yet birdied all four of them. So that's a nice feast or feat, whatever."

Tway played the back nine in the first round and he had back-to-back birdies from the 12th to get going. He converted a birdie chance on the 16th and followed with another at 17.

The 1986 PGA Champion tripped to a bogey on the 18th and headed to the front side at minus-3.

Tway got that shot back when he birdied the par-4 fourth. He soared into contention with three straight birdies to close out his round.

"We had a gorgeous day to play golf, the golf course is phenomenal, fairways are perfect, greens are perfect and it was a nice weather day so you're going to have some good scores," said Tway, an 8-time winner on the PGA Tour. "I was pleased with how I hit it and I made some good putts. It's one of those that turned out to be a good day."

NOTES: Dating to 2009, 10 of Langer's last 16 rounds at this event have been in the 60s ... Langer owned the first-round lead when he won in 2011 and 2013 ... Waldorf lost in a playoff last week ... Hal Sutton withdrew after eight holes with a stomach virus.

02/14 20:13:08 ET

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