Jerry Kelly shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Boeing Classic, putting him in position for his first PGA Tour Champions title.
Tied for the first-round lead with Australian David McKenzie, Kelly saved par with a 12-foot putt on the par-5 18th at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge to remain 13 under in Snoqualmie, Washington.
“I didn’t want to let one go,” said Kelly, a Madison native who sits at 131. “To have as many shots in between you and the next guy is preferable, but some great players right there as always this week. You know, just go out and play.”
Kelly had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of the round. The three-time PGA Tour winner is making his 13th senior start after turning 50 in November.
“The first day was the first, I was tied for the lead. This is another first,” Kelly said. “I’ll be thrilled if there’s another first tomorrow. I’ve definitely been humbled by the way these guys can play. You just keep going. You just keep playing as hard as you can. It’s three days and they’ve proved they step on the gas.”
Billy Mayfair (65) and Jerry Smith (66) were tied for second.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer (65) was another stroke back along with Colin Montgomerie (65). Langer also won the 2010 event. He has a tour-high four victories this year, winning three of the tour's five major championships.
Michael Allen (66), Scott Dunlap (67), David Frost (68) and Marco Dawson (70) were 8 under.
McKenzie had a 73 to drop into a tie for 19th at 6 under. Local favorite Fred Couples also was 6 under, following an opening 72 with a 66.
Jordan Spieth ran off three straight birdies on the back nine at Glen Oaks Club and finished with a pair of pars for a 6-under 64, matching the low score of the tournament and building a three-shot lead over Dustin Johnson at the Northern Trust in Old Westbury, New York.
It was the second straight day that Spieth filled his card with birdies on the easier back nine — a 30 on Friday, a 31 on Saturday.
Johnson failed to take advantage until he stuffed his approach into 4 feet on the 18th hole for a birdie and a 67 to narrow the gap and get into the final group.
Spieth was at 12-under 198, and his reputation — even for a 24-year-old in his fifth year on the PGA Tour — is as daunting as the size of his lead. Spieth has a 9-5 record with at least a share of the 54-hole lead, including nine of his past 10.
“Ten except for one hole,” he said with a smile, referring to the quadruple bogey he made on the 12th hole at Augusta National that cost him the 2016 Masters.
Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover collapsed to the ground on the 18th fairway when his right foot slipped out from under him.
He managed to finish the hole, had it checked out and believes he’ll be able to finish the opening FedEx Cup playoff event. Glover says tests did not reveal a tear, and it’s believed to be a light strain of the tendon in his patella.
Nicole Broch Larsen (66) and Mo Martin (67) have a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ottawa.
They sit at 10-under 203, a shot better than In Gee Chun.