LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hale Irwin began the week talking about the end of his career. He energized it with a 2-under 70 on Saturday to tie Kiyoshi Murota for the lead through three rounds of the Senior PGA Championship.
It was a day of dramatic reversals at Valhalla Golf Club.
Seeking a victory that would make him the oldest winner of the oldest senior major, Irwin shot a 70 that could have been better if not for a double-bogey at the end. After coming out of a deep greenside bunker, he three-putted from 15 feet to fall back into a tie with Murota, who led after each of the first two rounds.
Irwin and Murota, who battled back pain to shoot a 74, were at 9-under 207.
Tom Watson, the 2007 Senior PGA champion, shot a 68 and was just one shot back, with Trevor Dodds (67) at 209 and Nick Price (73) at 210.