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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) - Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour s Insperity Invitational.

Langer had a 10-under 134 total at The Woodlands Country Club.

The 56-year-old German player won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. He won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his 19th Champions Tour title.

Every win is a thrill and it s exciting, Langer said. I m not sure I ve ever won any other tournament three times. That would be a first and it would be a lot of fun.

Colin Montgomerie was second after a 66, the best round of the day. He eagled the par-5 13th.

In his second year on the tour, Montgomerie s best finish is a second in March in Newport Beach, California.

Montgomerie is hoping to get the upper hand over good friend Langer when they re grouped together Sunday.

I ve been trying all bloody year to do it and I ve not done it yet, he said. Not many people have, to be honest. But he s playing some superb golf and it s nice to have an opportunity anyway tomorrow to give it another go and see if I can win out here.

Montgomerie played in college at Houston Baptist.

Defending champion Esteban Toledo, Gary Hallberg and Bart Bryant were four strokes back. Hallberg had a 67, Toledo shot 71, and Bryant - tied for the first-round lead with Langer - had a 72.

Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, was tied for sixth at 5 under after a 70. The former University of Houston player won the Newport Beach event.

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