Jacobsen, Gilder chase Watson at U.S. Senior Open
- Portland Tribune - Sports
UPDATE: Oregon natives among leaders going into final round
Tom Watson will take a two-stroke lead into Sunday's final-round of the U.S. Senior Open, with Portland native Peter Jacobsen and Corvallis' Bob Gilder among numerous golfers in hot pursuit.
Watson fired a 4-under-par 66 Saturday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., to move to 8-under, 202, for the tournament, a major on the Champions Tour circuit.
Defending champion Allen Doyle's 67 put him alone in second at 6-under. Loren Roberts blitzed the 6,646-yard layout in 62, the lowest 18-hole score in USGA championship history; Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Vijay Singh and four other players have shot 63.
Jacobsen toured both nines in 34 for a third-round 68 and was at 4-under along with Mark James, who had a 69.
Gilder had a 70 that left him at 3-under, in a tie with Andy Bean (63) and Morris Hatalsky (70).
The top 12 players on the leaderboard all shot par or better on Saturday, with the course softened by early morning rain and made easier by low wind.
Jacobsen and Gilder were in position to move up higher, but Jacobsen managed only pars over the last six holes and Gilder played the back nine in 1-over.