Flesch leads Champions playoff opener

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Steve Flesch birdied the par-4 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Steven Alker on Saturday in the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first of three PGA Tour Champions playoff events.

Flesch reached 13-under 131 with his second straight bogey-free round on The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. He has played the back nine in 9 under.

"I did a lot of the same stuff as yesterday," Flesch said. "I didn't get off to a quick start, I parred the first five, but then when I got to six, I made a nice birdie and played another great back nine today."

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