Langer leads the way

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Peter Baker and Costantino Rocca, both determined to retain their places in the European Ryder Cup team, were in hot pursuit of Bernhard Langer in the German Open in Hamburg yesterday. Langer led at the end of the first round with a splendid five-under-par 67. Rocca lay one shot back - joint second with Jamie Spence - while Baker was in joint fourth place on 69.

After 13 holes, Baker had caught Langer at five under par, but then had three bogeys and only one birdie in his last five holes, while Rocca was only level par after 12 holes, but birdied four of the last six holes to move into contention.

Colin Montgomerie, already assured of a Ryder Cup place, and the big- hitting American, John Daly, both shot 72, but Ian Woosnam, who has missed the half-way cut in his last three tournaments, could do no better than 74, and needs a low score to stop the rot.

Scores, Sporting Digest, page 39