Bill Glasson leads Champions Tour by four

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Bill Glasson moved into position for his first Champions Tour victory, shooting 7-under-par 65 on Saturday to take four-stroke lead into the final round of inaugural Hawai’i Championship.


Winless in 46 starts on the 50-and-over tour, the 52-year-old Glasson has a 13-under 131 total.

Glasson had the best round of the day. He struck for eight birdies (Nos. 1, 2, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 17) against one bogey (No. 13).

He won seven times on the PGA Tour in an injury-plagued career marked by more than 20 surgeries.

First-round leader Peter Senior and Mark McNulty are tied for second.

Senior followed his opening 65 with 70.

The 53-year-old Australian is winless in 65 starts in three seasons on the senior tour. He has five runner-up finishes on the tour, losing three playoffs.

McNulty shot 68. He has eight victories on the tour.

Three players – Corey Pavin, David Frost and Willie Wood – are five shots behind Glasson. Pavin and Frost had 67s and Wood shot 68.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Fiano, Italy, Garth Mulroy shot 6-under-par 66, giving him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Italian Open.

Mulroy is at 17-under on the Royal Park I Roveri course outside Turin.

Last November, Mulroy won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in his native South Africa for his first European Tour victory. He has yet to win in Europe.

“I said on the first day the course reminds me a lot of a South African course,” he said. “The trees, the shape, and the ball goes a little further, too. ... I haven’t played so well this year. It would be a big thing to win on mainland Europe.”

Three Spaniards are right behind – Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (67) at 16-under and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (65) and Pablo Larrazabal (66) one shot further back.

Nicolas Colsaerts and Martin Kaymer, who will play for Europe in the Ryder Cup in two weeks, are four strokes off the lead.

Colsaerts (65) and Kaymer (67) remain in contention at 13-under, along with 19-year-old Matteo Manassero (65), second-round leader Richard Bland (71), Phillip Price (66) and Gregory Bourdy (70).

The third Ryder Cup player in the field, Francesco Molinari, fell back to 3-under with 76.

Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson continued his comeback from an opening 75.

Wilson, who shot 65 on Saturday to make the cut on the number, had 67 on Saturday and is at 207.

Scott Jamieson, another former Jaguar, is going the other way. Jamieson, who was five shots off the lead after opening rounds of 68-69, shot 72 on Saturday and is at 209.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Boise, Idaho, Michael Putnam maintained his two-shot lead in the Boise Open, and goes for a wire-to-wire victory today.

Putnam had 3-under-par 68 on Saturday and is at 18-under 195. He was the co-leader after the first round and led by two after round 2.

Five players are two strokes off Putnam’s lead. They are Luke Guthrie (62 on Saturday), Steve Wheatcroft (63), Scott Gardiner (64), Casey Wittenberg (64) and Tyrone Van Aswegen (67).

Augusta’s Scott Parel had 68 and is at 204.