Bernhard Langer in the driving seat at Royal Porthcawl

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BERNHARD Langer breezed his way around Royal Porthcawl today and then insisted: “It’s not easy.”

Langer led the way in the Senior Open Championship thanks to a supreme first round of 65.

And he followed that with a sparkling 66 on day two to storm to 11-under par for the tournament.

Out early this morning, Langer opened up with a bogey after driving into the rough.

But from there on he got the better or the Mid-Glamorgan links, making six birdies to stamp his authority on the championship.

But the German, one of the Champions Tour’s star performers, stressed that Porthcawl is giving little away.

“The rest of the scores show how tough this place is,” Langer said.

“I have had some fortunate breaks and I have played some very nice golf, and I have putted pretty well on top of that.

“It’s possible, but it’s not easy.

“It’s nice to have two really good rounds under my belt because sometimes it’s hard to follow up a really good round.

“I got off to a rough start with a bogey on the first, but from then I played nicely. I was really pleased not to bogey any more holes.”

Twice a winner of the Masters, Langer already has three senior Majors under his belt.

And the former world No. 1 is firm favourite to make it four after his spectacular scoring on the first two days of Wales’s first ever Major.

“We are only at the halfway mark and there’s a lot of golf left,” he added.

“But I have been very pleased and very grateful for the way things have been going.

“All year long I have been playing a lot of nice golf. There’s been the odd rubbish round in there, but most of it was really, really good.

“I am just pleased I am playing this well so far.”

Chris Williams is four-under after firing his second successive under-par round, while Colin Montgomerie is the same score as he roared into contention after firing a superb 66.

American Bob Tway is two-under after a 73, while Tom Watson shares fifth place with him after he shot a fine 66.

England’s Barry Lane is also nicely placed after a two-under round of 69 put him one-under for the tournament.

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