SAS set for Sunday shootout

John Huston, Nick Price and Kenny Perry are tied at the top with one round left to play in the SAS Championship.

John Huston, Nick Price and Kenny Perry are tied at the top with one round left to play in the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship.

Huston shot a second-round 66 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina to join Price and Perry, who both went round in 69, at the top of the leaderboard.

The three lie on nine under for the tournament, one shot clear of Jeff Sluman, who shot a 69, and two ahead of Russ Cochran, who carded a 71.

Huston was happy with his round, especially in light of the shifting winds that made scoring much harder that in was on day one.

“I was able to keep the ball in play and manage the wind,” he said.

“It was kind of hard, it was hard to get it close. It was definitely a lot harder today. The wind seemed to keep changing directions.”

In fact, the winds helped contribute to the highest single-round average in the history of the tournament.

Price, meanwhile, realised that he will be duking it out with two of the longer hitters on Tour on Sunday.

“You look at the guys who are up there, and obviously Kenny and John Huston are both longer hitters than I am, so I’m going to be playing first a lot (Sunday),” Price said.

“My approach shots, I’m going to be playing first most of the day, I think.”

Perry also admitted he struggled with the wind a bit.

“I got off to a great start, birdied three of the first four, so that kind of set the tone for my day,” he said.

“I hit a couple wrong clubs in the wind and hit a poor shot off the 10th tee that caused bogey. But all in all, I’m very happy with it. I’m excited — in good shape for (Sunday).”

Perry is chasing his first win since joining the Champions Tour at the start of the year. He’s already had five top-10 finishes in eight starts on Tour.

First-round leader Corey Pavin had a 74 to fall back to 5 under alongside Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples, who shot a 71.