Greg Norman shot 64 in the third round to get to 10 under for the tournament.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

SUNNINGDALE, England (AP) -- Greg Norman shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Saturday to grab the lead by a stroke heading into the last round of the Senior British Open.

Norman was at 10-under 200, a stroke ahead of overnight leader Fred Funk (72) and Loren Roberts (67).

Tom Watson's hopes of improving on his runner-up spot in the British Open last week took a hit after a 70 that left him six shots behind Norman.

Watson's putter remained cold, despite an overnight grip change following similar problems on Friday.

``I had five three-putts. I wasted a good ball-striking day,'' he said. ``I hit it very well and made absolutely nothing on the greens, although I did make a 60-footer (on the 13th hole) and a 30-footer (on the 5th).

``Otherwise, I was missing everything. Everything was right, everything pushed. Maybe I ought to aim left.

``I don't have very good speed control on these greens.''

Norman found the right speed in a solid round.

``I put the ball in play and putted decently,'' he said. ``I got on the tee and could see the shots I wanted to play and just went and played them. I really wasn't worried about anything else.''

The Shark loves the Sunningdale course, where he played often and won during his years on the European Tour.

``I feel comfortable around this golf course. I always have done for some reason. I like the way it feels to me off the tee. You can be aggressive or conservative, depending on how you want to play. Today I had a mixture of both.''

Funk dropped his first shot of the week at the tough second hole, then double-bogeyed the 12th and bogeyed 14.

``The good news is that I'm still there. I can still win it,' Funk said. ``The bad news is that I put everyone else in the tournament right back in it.''

Larry Mize also shot a 64, and Bernhard Langer, Ben Crenshaw and defending champion Bruce Vaughan all had 65s. Langer has a share of seventh place four shots behind Norman as he bids for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year.

``I hit a lot of good quality shots even though I didn't make many putts,'' Langer said. ``I still shot 65 so I'm happy with my long game.''

Denis Watson was in fourth place, one ahead of Mize and Sam Torrance, who was second overnight. Torrance triple-bogeyed the tough second hole and shot 71.

Mize birdied four in a row from the 11th, and the last two.

Mize, who 22 years ago made a spectacular chip-in to beat Norman for the Masters, was delighted with his round, which contained six birdies in a back nine of 29.

``I felt I got things rolling on the back nine and was able to bring it in pretty good,'' he said.

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