England's Greg Owen has never had a piece of a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Now he hopes he can stay relaxed with the great short game that has him in position to win his first title in his 214th tour event.
And winning would mean so much more than simply having a title on every tour Owen's ever played.
"Just a huge, huge relief that what you've been striving for your whole life you can say you've achieved," Owen said Saturday.
Owen and Fabian Gomez of Argentina each shot a 3-under-par 67 to share a one-stroke lead after 54 holes at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, tied at 9-under 201.
Swirling wind and tough pins kept everyone guessing on a hectic day at TPC Southwind, where as many as six players had a piece of the lead.
Both Owen and Gomez putted well on the firm greens despite hitting only 11 of 18 greens. Owen needed 26 putts in making four birdies and one bogey, while Gomez had 24 putts despite three bogeys. He had six birdies.
Brooks Koepka had at least a piece of the lead through the first two rounds and got to 10 under. He finished with a 71 and was tied with Scott Brown (68) for second at 202.
"It was swirling, swirling so much we couldn't even figure out a wind direction," Koepka said. "We knew it was coming from the south. Downwind, threw grass up, hit you in the face two seconds later. You never really knew where the wind was."
Matt Jones (68) and Austin Cook (72) were tied at 204, and David Toms (69) and Camilo Villegas (66) were tied with six others at 205. Phil Mickelson (69) was in a group tied at 207.
Park overtakes Kim
South Korean stars Inbee Park and Sei Yong Kim added another chapter to their friendly rivalry.
Park shot a 7-under 66 and overtook Kim on the final hole to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Harrison, N.Y.
Kim, a rookie who came into the day with a one-stroke lead, shot a 69. The two had battled all afternoon each went into the final hole at 13-under par. But Park, who needed just 28 putts Saturday, made her seventh birdie of the day on 18, and Kim missed a 4-foot putt for par.
A win could allow Park to catch top-ranked Lydia Ko in the rankings. She could also join Annika Sorenstam as the only golfers to claim this title in three consecutive years.
Langer leads by eight
Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 67 in the third round of the Senior Players Championship to open an eight-stroke lead in Belmont, Mass.
Langer is trying to become the first golfer to defend his title in this tournament since Arnold Palmer in 1984-85.
Russ Cochran was even for the day and in second in the third Champions Tour major of the year at 8 under. Scott Verplank shot a 66 to move into a four-way tie for third. He was tied with Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Hart and Guy Boros.