VIRGINIA WATER, England — Alejandro Canizares birdied his closing two holes to finish with 4-under-par 68 and take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Canizares is at 9-under 207 for 54 holes, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood.
Westwood, who made eagle on the par-5 fourth hole, shot 67.
If Westwood wins, he would set the record for the most appearances before winning the event for the first time.
Canizares’ best finish at Wentworth was 10th four years ago.
“I know that people will look at the leaderboard and would assume Lee (Westwood) is going to win. But this sport has proven that it’s not always what it looks like,” the 30-year-old Spaniard said. “Anybody within five shots of the lead has an opportunity to win, so you never know.”
Westwood lost in a playoff here to Luke Donald two years ago.
Marc Warren (70) and Matteo Manassero (69) are tied in third place at 7-under.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In St. Louis, Kenny Perry had an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys, mixing spectacular shots with stumbles and doing enough of the right things for 3-under-par 68 and a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior PGA Championship.
The 52-year-old Perry is close to an elusive first major championship in a career known more agonizing almosts in the 2009 Masters Tournament and 1996 PGA than his 16 total tournament victories and $34 million in winnings. He is 10-under overall at Bellerive Country Club
Two-time champion Jay Haas is second after closing with a pair of birdies for 67.
Russ Cochran (71 on Saturday) is three back.
LPGA TOUR: In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Paola Moreno played another bogey-free round on a 12-hole golf course to take a one-shot lead in the Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Moreno shot 4-under-par 41. That gives her a one-stroke lead over Lindsey Wright, who had seven birdies for 38.
Cristie Kerr is among 10 players within three shots of the lead
WEB.COM TOUR: In Leon, Mexico, Alex Prugh leads the weather-delayed Mexico Open.
Prugh was 11-under for the tournament when third round play was called because of darkness. He was 2-under on his round through nine holes.
The two local players in the field – Aiken’s Kevin Kisner (69-76–145) and Augusta’s Scott Parel (75-75–150) missed the cut.