Kenny Perry leads Champions Tour major

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kenny Perry’s driver is sailing long and true again, just like the one he used to win two Champions Tour major championships last year.

Perry, who switched drivers after his first round, shot 3-under-par 69 in Saturday’s third round at Shoal Creek to take a one-stroke lead over John Inman after the third round of the Regions Tradition. Inman shot 66.

Steve Elkington (71), second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia (74), Jay Haas (73), John Cook (71), Jeff Maggert (69), Olin Browne (72)and Tom Pernice Jr. (70) are tied for third place, three shots off Perry’s lead.

Augusta native Larry Mize shot 74 and is tied for 59th place.

LPGA TOUR: In Williamsburg, Va., Lizette Salas moved into position for her first LPGA Tour victory, playing 25 holes Saturday in 6-under par to take a three-stroke lead in the Kingsmill Championship.

The 24-year-old former Southern California player shot 3-under-par 68 in the completion of the rain-delayed second round and birdied three of the last five holes in the afternoon for 65.

She is at 13-under 200 on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course.

Hee Young Park, the second-round leader, is in second place. She bogeyed No. 18 for 69.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Greer, S.C., Matt Davidson shot 5-under-par 67 for a share of the third-round lead with Blayne Barber and Ryan Blaum in the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Davidson, Barber and Blaum are at 14-under 201. Barber and Blaum had 68s on Saturday.

Roberto Diaz leads the local contingent. The former USC Aiken All-American had 72 and is at 205, tied for 17th place. Vaughn Taylor (69) is tied for 34th at 207 while Scott Parel (71), Matt Hendrix (73) and Henrik Norlander (74) are tied for 44th at 208.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Girona, Spain, Thomas Pieters shot 1-under-par 71 to extend his Spanish Open lead to two over 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Pieters is at 7-under 209 total on PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course.

Jimenez shot 69. He was fourth in the Masters Tournament and won on the Champions Tour the following week.


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