WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nick Price shot a 6-under 65 to pull into a tie with Tommy Armour III after second-round play at the Principal Charity Classic on Saturday.
Price, who was at 10-under 132 with Armour, will enter Sunday’s final round with at least a share of the lead for the third year in a row at Iowa.
Price is still looking for his first win at Glen Oaks Country Club. He lost to Mark McNulty in a three-man playoff last year.
Armour took a three-stroke lead into the second round, but shot a 69 and missed a birdie putt on No. 18 that would have put him ahead.
Don Pooley, who won at Iowa in 2003, shot a 65 and was at 133. Bruce Vaughan, Dan Forsman and Russ Cochran were another shot back.
Price entered Saturday’s round four shots behind Armour. But as has become his custom at Glen Oaks, Price played lights-out in the second round.
He followed a birdie on No. 8 with an eagle on the par-5 ninth and a birdie putt from the fringe on No. 10 to take the lead. He added birdies on Nos. 11 and 15, but stumbled with a bogey at No. 17.
Armour tied a course record with a 63 on Friday, becoming the first player in the tournament’s 10-year history to grab a three-shot lead heading into Saturday.
It didn’t take long to disappear.
After sinking a long birdie putt to start the day, Armour picked up his first bogey of the weekend on the second hole. He then bogeyed No. 8, a par-4, and found himself two shots behind the surging Price.
Armour recovered with a pair of birdies on the back nine to pull even with Price.
Pooley’s best finish this year was 10th at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in April. But the 59-year-old shot a bogey-free round to stay in contention for his second win at Glen Oaks.
Mike Goodes, Gene Jones and Chip Beck were at 7-under.
Fuzzy Zoeller, who hasn’t cracked the top 20 in an official event all year and withdrew from last week’s Senior PGA after an opening-round 76, had four birdies on his first six holes and finished with a 67.
Zoeller was at 6-under after two rounds and in position for his best finish of the year.
Fred Couples had set the senior circuit on fire with three wins and a pair of second-place finishes in seven events, but he shot a second straight 70 and will have to make a major push Sunday to finish in the top 10.
Fred Funk, who like Price lost to McNulty in last year’s playoff, shot a 64 on Saturday and was at 5-under 137.
The start of Saturday’s round was delayed by 2 1/2 hours because about a half-inch of rain fell overnight and into the morning. The course was already a bit soggy because it had rained throughout the week.
Officials split up the pairings to get the round in, with half the field teeing off on the first hole and the others going off on No. 10, and preferred lies were in play.