Irwin, ailing Murota share lead at Senior PGA

By RUSTY MILLER | May 28, 2011 | 6:14 PM EDT

Hale Irwin watches his fairway shot on the 10th hole during the third round of the Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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.