Half-dozen, including Lane, atop German Masters

PULHEIM, Germany -- England's Barry Lane shot a 6-under
66 Thursday despite needing painkillers for his left knee and
shared the first-round lead with five others at the German Masters.
He was joined at the top by Bradley Dredge of Wales, Markus
Brier of Austria, Peter Senior of Australia, Marc Cayeux of
Zimbabwe and Andrew Marshall of England.
Retief Goosen and Bernhard Langer were among seven players a
stroke back. Langer is chasing a fifth title at the event he
co-promotes with his brother, Erwin.

Lane underwent knee surgery this year. He said the pain returned
after playing the hilly course at last week's European Masters in
"I woke up this morning and told my wife I didn't think I would
be able to play," Lane said. "Hopefully it is going to be all
right for tomorrow, but you never know."
Langer almost dropped off the leaderboard when his tee shot
curved into the water at the 17th hole. He recovered with a short
par putt.
"I would love to win this thing," said the 48-year-old Langer,
whose last title came in 2002. "It doesn't happen very often
anymore and it gets harder all the time."
Defending champion Padraig Harrington was among the players who
failed to take advantage of a hot windless day, shooting a 75.
Fellow Ryder Cup players Colin Montgomerie and David Howell both
carded 72s.
Montgomerie could take the lead in Europe's money list for the
first time since 1999 if he wins. The Scotsman trails only Michael
Campbell and Goosen in a six-way race for the top spot.
Dredge, with five straight top 15 finishes, faded in the final
round after leading both the Deutsche Bank and the Scandinavian
"I'm trying to look back and learn some lessons," he said.
"Maybe in the final round I can snatch a victory."