Hale Irwin, seeking his first victory on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 9-under-par 63 on Saturday to take a five-shot lead after the second round of the Ameritech Senior Open at Aurora, Ill.
The three-time U.S. Open champion had four birdies on the front nine, and followed with birdies on five of the next six holes to open a five-stroke lead. He dropped a stroke on No. 16, but rebounded with a birdie on No. 18.
Irwin is playing in his fifth Senior event after turning 50 years old on June 3.
Joe Jimenez, 69, was tied for fourth, eight shots back, and set a tournament record with a 10-under 62.
Jim Colbert, the tour’s leading money winner who shared the first-round lead with Irwin and Bob Dickson, was tied with Kermit Zarley for second at 134. Colbert shot a 68 and Zarley had a 65.
Kelly Robbins’ solid iron shots and Becky Iverson’s shaky putting at Agawam, Mass., left the two tied for the lead at 10-under-par 206 after the third round of the LPGA Friendly’s Classic.
Robbins shot the best round at 7-under-par 65 and Iverson, the second-round leader, had an even-par 72. Kris Tschetter was one back after a 72.
Rathdrum, Idaho’s Tracy Hanson shot a 71 for a three-day total 208, which puts her in third-place. Clarkston’s Robin Walton shot a 72 for a 218 total.
Fred Funk shot a 5-under 66 and matched the lowest three-round score (195) on the PGA Tour this year, opening a four-stroke lead over Jim McGovern in the $1 million Ideon Classic at Sutton, Mass.
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