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Langer tied for the lead at Royal Birkdale

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Bernhard Langer - 'Most of it was impressive and good, and I putted a little better today' © Getty Images
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Bernhard Langer shot a three-under 67 to share the lead with Mark Wiebe after the second round of the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale, while Scotland's Sandy Lyle sits three shots back after his round of 68.

Ireland's Mark McNulty is in contention after his round of 67, which leaves him at three-under par.

American Wiebe enjoyed four birdies on the back nine to finish with a 65 and Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie, made five birdies to move to the top of the leaderboard.

Lyle scored five birdies and two bogeys in a mixed round to leave him poised at two-under.

Wiebe had moved to one-under by the turn with two birdies and a bogey, before making three birdies in four holes from the 13th and adding another with a 15-foot putt at the last.

However, German Langer dropped two strokes at the sixth when he double-hit the ball, stating it was the only negative in an otherwise positive round. "The ball was sitting up in the long grass and I caught it high on the club face and again on the follow through," Langer said. "But that was my only blemish. Most of it was impressive and good, and I putted a little better today."

David Frost scored 68 to finish a stroke back in third, but could have had a share of the lead had it not been for an inconsistent back nine.

"It was a bit of a shaky round," Frost said. "I didn't feel comfortable with the club in my hand. I hit some wayward shots, but managed to hit good irons into the greens and the putter was my savior."

Tom Watson, Frost's playing partner, only got going after a front nine featuring two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. The American made long putts at Nos. 11, 12 and 13 and holed another birdie at the 15th. He bogeyed the last two to finish at 4 over.

Overnight leader Gene Sauers shot a 70 for a share of fourth place with Peter Fowler and McNulty.

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