Shooting for his second straight win, Peter Jacobsen pulled away on the back nine with an eagle and two birdies, finishing with a 4-under-par 68 and a threestroke lead after three rounds of the Buick Invitational in San Diego.
Tied for second at 12-under 204 were Hal Sutton, who also shot 68, and Kirk Triplett of Pullman, who had a 66.
Triplett began the round at 6-under after consecutive 69s. He made a late move with four birdies on his last five holes and five overall on the back nine to finish at 6-under 66.
Jacobsen, who had a 54-hole score of 15-under 201, won the AT&T; National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach last weekend with a 17-under 271, a tournament record.
The record here is 22-under 266 by George Burns in 1987.
Bob Murphy shot a 2-under-par 70 to take a oneshot lead over Ray Floyd into today’s final round of the Senior PGA Tour’s IntelliNet Challenge in Naples, Fla.
In gusty winds of 25 mph, Murphy toured The Vineyards Country Club course with three birdies and just one bogey.
Mike Hill and Rockey Thompson, both at 4-under, are three shots behind the leader.
John Daly was the only player to earn money from the $112,500 pool as fellow American Tom Watson and Australians Craig Parry and Peter Senior were shut out in the first round of the Australian Skins Game at Laguna Quays.
After hitting his worst drive of the day, Daly staged an important recovery, using a 6-iron to get within 6 feet of the pin and set up a birdie that was worth $22,500.