A little wind was not going to blow Bernhard Langer out of the lead at the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic on Saturday.
Langer, who shot a 10-under 62 in the first round, picked up where he left off with a birdie on his first hole of the second round. But he made 11 straight pars after that, birdied No. 13, and parred the last five in very windy conditions.
"(I) actually played some good golf today, had several chances, a little bit unlucky with some of my putts," Langer said. "There's a bunch of them that just went over the edges and none of them dropped. Very happy that I didn't make a bogey in these tough conditions."
The wind started blowing hard just before the leaders teed off and only got stronger as the day went on, gusting to 30 mph. The wind is forecast to be strong again today, with temperatures dropping.
"Well, just about on most of the shots you had to ... make adjustments, allowances for either into the wind or crosswind or downwind, either way," said Langer, who stretched out his arms in celebration after birdieing No. 13.
Langer will be trying to become the sixth player to win the ACE Group Classic twice. Lee Trevino (1990-91), Mike Hill (1993-94), Hale Irwin (1997, 2002), Gil Morgan (1998, 2001), and Loren Roberts (2006, 2009) are the others. Trevino (1990) and Allen Doyle (1999) are the only winners to go wire-to-wire.
Taiwan's Chien Soon Lu and Tom Pernice Jr., who was runner-up last week in Boca Raton, are tied for second at 9-under-par 135.
"I'm going to have to play a good round," Pernice said. "Bernhard's playing awfully well, regardless whether it's calm or whether it's windy."
"Bernhard is a tough competitor, and he's playing really well," said Mark O'Meara, who's in fourth at 8 under. "It's going to take another good score to win this thing."
Lu double bogeyed the first hole, then birdied seven of the next 10. He bogeyed No. 18. Pernice was more steady, with four birdies and a bogey. He birdied two of his last six holes.
Lu, 53, has finished in the top 30 on the money list all three years on tour, and has three second-place finishes, including last year at the Regions Tradition. He's won 14 times internationally.
The 55-year-old Langer won this event in 2011 and was runner-up last year, and has a string of two bogeys in his last 105 holes. He's the only player in the field who hasn't made a bogey.
"Anything under par today was a really good score," Langer said.
Mark Wiebe, Jay Don Blake and John Huston are tied for fifth at 7 under. Rocco Mediate, who won in his Champions Tour debut last week, tied the best round of the day with a 5-under 67, and is tied for 11th with Steve Elkington, another tour rookie, and John Cook, who won the season-opening event in Hawaii.
O'Meara nearly holed out for double eagle on No. 7. He reached the green from 259 yards, and the ball rolled downhill and hit the flag.
"It's hard in the wind out there, especially putting, but I'm pleased to be at 8 under, and I've got my work cut out (today)," O'Meara said.