Kirk Triplett smiles after finishing on the 18th hole during the third round of the U.S. Senior Open.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
By AP NEWS
Saturday, July 01, 2017

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) -- Kirk Triplett shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday to open a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the U.S. Senior Open.

Triplett improved to 15 under heading into the final round at the Donald Ross-designed Salem Country Club. He watched as Kenny Perry three-putted the 18th hole to fall one stroke back.

Brandt Jobe matched the tournament record with a 62, shooting 29 on the back nine to move into third. But he was six strokes behind the leader.

Fred Couples and Tom Lehman were fourth at 7 under. They each shot 70.

Bernhard Langer, the winner of the first two senior majors of the year, had a 72 to drop nine shots back.

The 55-year-old Triplett has five victories on the 50-and-over tour after winning three times on the PGA Tour.

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