Norman leads at Sunningdale

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Greg Norman is top of the leaderboard ahead of the final round of the Senior Open Championship.

Greg Norman finds himself in familiar territory at Sunningdale ahead of the final round of the Senior Open Championship on top of the leaderboard.
The Australian carded a terrific round of 64 to move one shot clear of overnight leader Fred Funk and 2006 champion Loren Roberts.
The two-time Open winner, who has been on the wrong end of many a famous comeback over the years, has led eight times after 54 holes in major championships – most recently last year’s Open at Royal Birkdale – but only once converted that into a victory, the 1986 Open at Turnberry.
“I didn’t expect Fred to come backwards, to be honest,” said Norman.
“I was driving the ball well, I could see the shots I wanted on the tee so I just went and played them.
“Any time you shoot a low round on a Saturday you usually do get into contention.”
Bob Charles, Gary Player and Tom Watson are currently the only players to have won both the Open and the Senior Open, but Norman made a classic Saturday move for which he has become renowned as he carded a six-under total for the day to put himself well placed to become the fourth member of that club.
Norman went out in 33 but birdied four holes out of five from the 11th and did not drop a shot all day.
The 53-year-old American Funk looked to be coasting at one stage when he reached 12 under to lead by four shots.
But at the 12th he found the famous heather for which Sunningdale’s old course is so well known and the result was a double-bogey six.
He dropped another at 15 to be joined by Roberts, the 2006 winner of this event at Turnberry, on nine under.
Zimbabwe’s Denis Watson is another shot back in fourth, with Larry Mize and Sam Torrance on seven under.
All the third round scores & totals in The Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard, Sunningdale Golf Club, Berkshire, England.
(USA unless stated, par 70):
200 Greg Norman (Aus) 67 69 64
201 Loren Roberts 66 68 67, Fred Funk 64 65 72
202 Denis Watson (Zim) 68 68 66
203 Sam Torrance (Sco) 67 65 71, Larry Mize 69 70 64
204 Bernhard Langer (Ger) 72 67 65, Bruce Vaughan 70 69 65, Tom Kite 67 68 69, Mark McNulty (Irl) 69 67 68
205 Tony Johnstone (Zim) 68 71 66, Jay Haas 66 71 68, Don Pooley 70 66 69
206 Michael Allen 70 65 71, Tom Watson 67 69 70, Scott Simpson 68 69 69
207 Mark O’Meara 69 70 68, Ian Woosnam (Wal) 68 69 70, Mark James (Eng) 70 69 68, Sandy Lyle (Sco) 68 70 69, David Eger 69 71 67
208 Gene Jones 74 67 67, Joey Sindelar 69 72 67, Jeff Sluman 69 70 69, Ben Crenshaw 73 70 65, Christopher Williams (Rsa) 66 76 66
209 Andy Bean 70 72 67, Sir Nick Faldo (Eng) 70 70 69, Jerry Bruner 67 74 68, Mike Goodes 71 71 67, Gordon J Brand (Eng) 68 68 73, Mark Wiebe 71 68 70, Denis O’Sullivan (Irl) 68 71 70, Gary Koch 70 70 69, Doug Johnson 70 69 70
210 Bertus Smit (Rsa) 69 71 70, Kevin Spurgeon (Eng) 72 70 68, Russ Cochran 69 70 71, Gordon Brand Jnr (Sco) 68 71 71
211 Kirk Hanefeld 72 71 68, Luis Carbonetti (Arg) 73 70 68, Juan Quiros (Spa) 72 71 68, Mike Donald 71 70 70
212 Robert L Thompson 70 74 68, Morris Hatalsky 72 67 73, Paul Simson 71 69 72, Eduardo Romero (Arg) 70 71 71, Bob Gilder 72 70 70, Curt Byrum 68 75 69
213 Gary Hallberg 74 68 71, Joe Ozaki (Jpn) 71 70 72, Mike Reid 72 71 70, Olin Browne 68 73 72, Wayne Grady (Aus) 70 72 71, Ronnie Black 71 71 71, Bobby Wadkins 73 70 70
214 Philip Blackmar 68 72 74, Des Smyth (Irl) 66 74 74, Andrew Murray (Eng) 69 74 71, Graham Marsh (Aus) 70 74 70, Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) 71 72 71, Lonnie Nielsen 72 71 71, Manuel Pinero (Spa) 70 74 70
215 Fulton Allem (Rsa) 70 72 73, John Morse 72 71 72, Stewart Ginn (Aus) 71 72 72, Tim Simpson 73 71 71
216 Giuseppe Cali (Ita) 71 73 72, Costantino Rocca (Ita) 74 70 72, Craig Stadler 74 69 73, Philippe Dugeny (Fra) 71 69 76, Bob Cameron (Eng) 70 72 74, Tom Lehman 70 73 73, Glenn Ralph (Eng) 70 73 73
217 Tom Purtzer 73 71 73, Delroy Cambridge (Jam) 71 73 73, Angel Fernandez (Chi) 70 71 76
226 Bobby Lincoln (Rsa) 72 72 82

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