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Browne blisters way to 54-hole scoring mark

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Unflappable Olin Browne fought off the heat to shoot a 6-under-par 65 and forge a two-shot lead over Mark O'Meara after Saturday's third round of the U.S. Senior Open. Browne, never a winner in his three years of competition since turning 50, set the tournament record for lowest score through 54 holes. After a record-tying 64 on Friday followed by a 69, he's at 15-under 198. O'Meara, winner of the 1998 Masters and British Open, had a 66 in a head-to-head duel. Playing in the same pairing, he pulled even with Browne with a birdie at No. 9 but Browne had five birdies on the difficult back nine. Heading into the final round, it looks to be a two-man race.
Six shots off the pace at 9-under 204 are Jeff Sluman (65), Peter Senior (68), Joey Sindelar (69) and Mark Calcavecchia (69). Browne is trying to join Simon Hobday, who won at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1994, as the only wire-to-wire winners in the tournament's 32 years. His 54-hole total was one better than Hobday's 199. Inverness again remained defenseless despite sun and high temperatures. The course was hit with almost 4 inches of rain in the past week, with a huge thunderstorm on Friday delaying play and forcing 21 players to return to the course Saturday morning to complete the second round. Barely staying in range of Browne and O'Meara are Hale Irwin, who shot his age (66), along with New Mexico club pro Jeff Roth (68) and Michael Allen (71), all at 7-under 206. Tied for 10th and nine shots back came a who's who of senior golf, including defending champion Bernhard Langer (68), Hal Sutton (66), Nick Price (68), Jay Haas (68), Steve Jones (69) and Corey Pavin (70). Kim's 8-under 62 gives him the lead Anthony Kim shot an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic. Kim is at 10-under 130 on the Old White TPC course. Tour rookie Scott Stallings shot 66 to move into second place at 9 under. Gary Woodland (67) and Webb Simpson (69) are two shots back. Simpson was the second round co-leader with Brendon de Jonge. De Jonge shot 72 to fall five strokes behind. Kim's best round of the year left him with a chance to earn a spot in next week's Bridgestone Invitational with a win. His last victory came a year ago at the Shell Houston Open before he had thumb surgery and took three months off. PGA EUROPEAN: David Howell, Richard Green and Simon Dyson are in a three-way tie after 54 holes at the Irish Open. Homegrown stars Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell fell out of contention with 72s during a wet, windy third round. Howell shot a 7-under 64 for the day's best score. Dyson and Green shot 67 as many in the pared-down field struggled with the conditions.
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