Kirk Triplett takes lead into final round of U.S. Senior Open

Saturday July 1st, 2017
Kirk Triplett smiles after finishing on the 18th hole during the third round of the U.S. Senior Open.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

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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