Sunday, August 26, 2012

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) - Tom Jenkins holed out for eagle on the par-4 third hole and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead in the Boeing Classic.

The 64-year-old Jenkins is trying to become the oldest winner in Champions Tour history. Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.

``I won't think about it until I'm on the 18th with a five-shot lead,'' Jenkins said. ``I've been in a couple of situations this year after the first round and didn't handle it very well, certainly not having been there, and at this age, it's tough,'' Jenkins said. ``The nerves are not as good as they used to be.''

Jenkins had a 9-under 135 total at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. He won the last of his seven titles on the 50-and-over tour in 2006.

On the 439-yard third hole, Jenkins hit an 8-iron from 148 yards that bounced off the collar of the green and rolled into the cup.

``Stuff like that happens, kind of gets you jazzed up and kind of gets you through the start of the round,'' said Jenkins, who followed with a birdie on No. 4 and added four more birdies.

In 2006 at the course, he closed with a 61 - his career best and good for a share of the course record.

Willie Wood, coming his first tour victory last week in New York in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open, was second after a 68.

``Anything can happen tomorrow and I'm just going to go out there and do my best and hopefully something good will happen,'' Wood said.

Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia, the first-round leader, had a 73 to finish at 6 under along with Mark O'Meara, 2005 champion David Eger, Mike Reid and Jay Don Blake. O'Meara had a 64, the best round of the day. Eger and Reid shot 68, and Blake had a 70.

``Somebody's going to shoot a low score tomorrow,'' O'Meara said. ``You just go out there and hope you're that person.''

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