BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – Colin Montgomerie said he looked forward to the fun when he joined the 50-and-older Champions Tour.
He was clearly enjoying himself Saturday in the Senior PGA Championship when he made a winding, 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 3-under-par 68 and a one-stroke lead entering Sunday’s final round.
“Bloody great,” he said about the birdie putt that took the sting out of a bogey at the 17th hole. “It was going a bit quick. Thank God the hole got in the way. It was downhill, down grain, but it held its line and went in. It was a joyous occasion in the Montgomerie camp.”
Trying to win his first senior major after failing to capture one of golf’s four biggest events on the regular tours, the 51-year-old Scot will take a 7-under 206 total into the final round at Harbor Shores.
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German Bernhard Langer (69) was one stroke behind.
Marco Dawson (64), Bart Bryant (70) and Kiyoshi Murota (70) were tied for third at 5 under.
Rick Fehr (76) from Seattle was tied for 68th place at 8 over.
Chappell shoots a 63
FORT WORTH, Texas – Kevin Chappell, who owns a home in Kirkland, shot the low round of the day — a 7-under 63 — and is one shot off the lead in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, a PGA Tour event.
Hideki Matsuyama (64), David Toms (65), Chad Campbell (68) and Chris Stroud (69) shared the third-round lead at 7-under 203.
Chappell was among six players at 6 under and top-ranked Adam Scott (66) was among seven at 5 under.
Chappell played his first 11 holes Saturday in 8 under.
“I used up a lot of luck today,” he said. “I had two chip-ins and made some long putts.”
Michael Putnam (68), who is from University Place, was tied for 50th at 1 under. Kyle Stanley (73) of Gig Harbor was tied for 72nd at 4 over.
• Anna Nordqvist of Sweden shot her second straight 6-under 66 to take the third-round lead in the Airbus LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala. Nordqvist was at 16-under 200, one ahead of Catriona Matthew (70).
• Thomas Bjorn of Denmark birdied seven of his last eight holes to take a five-stroke lead after the third round of the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England. Bjorn shot a 5-under 67 and was at 15 under for 54 holes.
Luke Donald (68) of England was in second.