Entering into the final round of the 2017 U.S. Senior Open, Kirk Triplett takes one-shot lead over Kenny Perry at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Massachusetts.
Starting the day tied at a record 11 under and playing together in the final group, Triplett and Perry turned a two-stroke edge into a five-shot advantage over their nearest competition. Triplett shot a 4-under 66 to improve to 15 under, and Perry was right with him until a bogey on No. 18 dropped him a stroke back.
Both Triplett and Perry are separated by one stroke as their play eclipsed the 54-hole scoring record for the championship. Triplett (195) and Perry (196) bettered Olin Browne’s total of 198 from 2011 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, when Browne went on to defeat Mark O’Meara by three strokes. Tied for the top at 11-under 129 entering the day, Triplett is six strokes better than third-place Brandt Jobe, and only four other players are within 10 strokes of him.
Jobe came out of nowhere on Saturday, leaping from 29th place to solo third with a record-tying round of 8-under 62. And while Triplett and Perry continued to climb toward their record three-round totals, their closest pursuers at the start of the day fell back. They were the only players among the final 14 on the course Saturday to break par. The other dozen players combined to shoot 24 over par.
Triplett also earned a round of applause for delivering one of the best shots of the day. Standing in a bunker to the right of the green, he found the bottom of the cup on the sixth hole to earn an eagle.
2017 U.S. Senior Open Leaderboard (Third Round)
1. Kirk Triplett (-15)
2.Kenny Perry (-14)
3.Brandt Jobe (-9)
T4. Fred Couples (-7)
T4. Tom Lehman (-7)
T6. Steve Flesch (-6)
T6. Bernhard Langer (-6)
T8. Corey Pavin (-5)
T8. Vijay Singh (-5)
T8. Stephen Ames (-5)
T8. Paul Broadhurst (-5)
T8. Scott Verplank (-5)
T8. Doug Garwood (-5)
Enjoy final round of the U.S. Senior Open on DSPORT from 11:30 PM IST.