Kenny Perry and Fred Funk are making charges in the U.S. Senior Open.
Each is trailing tournament leader Michael Allen by two shots with one round to go in Omaha, Neb.
Perry, going for a second consecutive win in a senior major, shot 6-under-par 64 to match Corey Pavin for the low round on Saturday at Omaha Country Club.
Funk shot 67 after making a long birdie putt on No. 18.
“I was in that rocking-chair seat,” Perry said. “I was in a very aggressive mode, where if I go out and play great today, I’ve got a chance to move my way up the leaderboard. Or if I don’t play any good, it’s OK, too.”
Allen, who shot a 63 on Friday, ballooned to a 2-over 72. He started the day with a five-stroke lead on Rocco Mediate. It was the largest lead after 36 holes in the tournament’s 34-year history.
Allen is at 8-under 202 for the tournament. Pavin is two shots behind Perry and Funk and four behind Allen.
“Obviously, yesterday was a lot of fun. I made a lot of birdies and very few bogeys,” Allen said. “Today I had a few more bads than goods, but it’s fun. It’s nice to be in the lead. If you’d have given me a two-shot lead to start the week, I would have been pretty thrilled to have it, I’m sure.”
Mediate faded with bogeys on four out of five holes in the middle of his round and sits five shots back after a 72.
It looked as if Funk, the 2009 champion, might fade after taking a double-bogey on No. 10. But he birdied the last two holes for a 67, rolling in a 35-foot putt on the 18th. Suddenly, he was right back in the tournament, too.
“To make that putt on 18 was a bonus,” Funk said. “Having that good finish was great. At least it kept me in the game.”
SUMMERHAYS IN LEAD
Daniel Summerhays shot a 9-under 62 for a two-stroke lead following third-round play at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Summerhays heads into Sunday’s final round at 19-under 194, matching the lowest third-round score in tournament history. Canadian David Hearn (64) is second at 17 under.
Summerhays took a two-stroke lead into the final round of the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico but struggled to a 73 and finished in a tie for fifth.
“I am really, really looking forward to tomorrow,” Summerhays said. “I’m playing really well. I know there’s going to be obstacles and challenges, as there always are. There are always things that stand in your way.
“But I’m just excited to see what those are and deal with them and continue to learn.”
Hearn hasn’t finished higher than fifth in 107 career starts. Three shots back is defending champion Zach Johnson after a 67.
“I hope they’re intimidated, but I doubt that’s going to be the case,” Johnson said. “I’m not a very intimidating figure.
“My guess is they’re going to come out firing, and I don’t know why they wouldn’t. We know at the John Deere it takes a lot of birdies to win.”
Henrik Stenson held off a resurgent Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open by shooting a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round in Inverness, Scotland. Stenson is at 16-under 200. Mickelson is in a four-way tie for second after a 66. ... South Korea’s Hee Young Park shot a 61 to move into the lead after the third round at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. Park is at 20-under 193 overall, one stroke better than American Angela Stanford (64). ... Steve Alker is the leader in the clubhouse at 17-under 196 after a 10-under 61 for the third round as darkness suspended play at the Web.com Utah Championship in Sandy. University Place’s Michael Putnam was among those who didn’t finish their round.