Notebook: Senior PGA Championship, Round 3

May 25, 2013

By Champions Tour staff

In a round which included five birdies, an eagle and four bogeys, 36-hole co-leader Kenny Perry maintained his spot atop the leaderboard and will head into Sunday’s final round with a two-stroke lead over Jay Haas.

The highlight of Perry’s round came at No. 4 when he chipped in from 20 yards off a side-hill lie. It was a “one-in-a-million shot,” Perry said. He offset consecutive bogeys on Nos. 5 and 6 with successive birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 and later added birdies on Nos. 12 and 15. He’ll play in the final pairing with Haas, a two-time winner of this tournament. Russ Cochran, who shared the 36-hole lead with Perry at 7 under, shot an even-par 71 and is three strokes behind.

-- Perry has taken full advantage of the three par-5 holes on this course. He is a combined 8-under-par after three rounds.

-- Perry remains the only player in the field with consecutive rounds in the 60s. Should he add a fourth on Sunday, he would become just the fifth player in this tournament’s history to post four consecutive rounds in the 60s since the tournament became a 72-hole affair in 1958. The others were Herman Barron (1963), Sam Snead (1973), Don January (1979) and John Cook (2012). All but Cook went on to win the tournament.

-- A year ago at Harbor Shores, Perry set a new 18-hole scoring record with a 9-under-par 62 in his final round and finished ninth.

-- Perry is second in Greens in Regulation (42 of 54/77.78%).

-- Although he trails by two strokes, Haas will be bidding for his third title in this event which would move him into a third-place tie for wins in the Senior PGA Championship. Sam Snead (6 wins) and Hale Irwin (4 wins) are 1-2 on the list. Others with three victories include Eddie Williams, Al Watrous and Gary Player.

-- Sunday’s champion will get a nice bump in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race with double points being awarded to the winner as well as all top-10 finishers. With a first-place prize of $378,000, the winner will receive 756 points. Bernhard Langer (T29) is the current leader with 928 points followed by David Frost (not in the field) with 676. John Cook (not in the field) is third with 505 points followed by Tom Pernice, Jr. (T21) with 488 points and Rocky Mediate (T36) with 461.

-- One of the other benefits the winner of this tournament earns is a berth in August’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC in Rochester.

54-hole leaders at Senior PGA
Year 54-hole leader Champion Margin
2012 Roger Chapman by 5 Roger Chapman 2 shots
2011 Hale Irwin/Kiyoshi Murota Tom Watson Playoff
2010 Jay Don Blake/Tom Lehman Tom Lehman Playoff
2009 Michael Allen by 1 Michael Allen 2 shots
2008 Bernhard Langer by 1 Jay Haas 1 shot
2007 Eduardo Romero by 1 Denis Watson 2 shots
2006 Gil Morgan by 1 Jay Haas Playoff
2005 Dana Quigley by 2
Mike Reid Playoff
2004 Hale Irwin by 2 Hale Irwin 1 shot
2003 Des Smyth by 2
John Jacobs 2 shots

-- Current Charles Schwab Cup leader Bernhard Langer continues to move up the leaderboard after an opening-round 8-over-par 79. Langer posted his second consecutive 4-under-par 67 and is now at even-par after 54 holes and has moved from T146 to T68 to T29.  After hitting just 9 of 18 Greens in Regulation in his first round, Langer has hit 14 of 18 and 16 of 18 in the last two rounds.

-- Defending champion Roger Chapman’s 6:57 a.m. tee time didn’t seem to faze him. Chapman fired a 5-under-par 66, the day’s low round, which moved him up 47 places on the leaderboard (T21) and will give him a later starting time for Sunday’s final round. He starts at 11:21 a.m. on Sunday.

-- Japan’s Kohki Idoki is taking full advantage of not only his first Senior PGA Championship, but also his first visit to the United States. Idoki posted a 3-under-par 68 while playing with Tom Watson on Saturday and will enter the final round T5.

-- Mark Mielke and Sonny Skinner are the top two players among the five remaining club professionals in the field. They are each T15 and have 54-hole totals of 2-under-par 211.

-- With a smaller field on Saturday, the scoring average dropped from 73.63 on Friday to 71.40 today. Nineteen players finished in the 60s and 27 had sub-par rounds.