Perry takes 1-stroke lead over Inman at Tradition

Kenny Perry shoots 69 to take 1-shot lead over John Inman in Regions Tradition

Perry takes 1-stroke lead over Inman at Tradition

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) -- Kenny Perry shot a 3-under 69 at Shoal Creek to take a one-stroke lead over John Inman after the third round of the Regions Tradition on Saturday.

Perry is seeking his third Champions Tour major title after winning the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open in consecutive tour starts last year.

Perry had a 7-under 209 total. He had four birdies and bogeyed No. 16, savoring the warm, sunny weather after two rounds in cooler temperatures.

Perry switched drivers after his first-round 72. The one he used to win both majors last year was destroyed on a flight.

"I hit the ball beautifully," Perry said. "I was in control of the driver, the irons were nice, I putted OK. Nothing outstanding but I just played very consistent, very steady golf."

Inman, a two-time U.S. PGA Tour winner, shot a 66 after two even-par rounds. He had seven birdies before his first slip-up, a bogey on No. 16.

"I just hit a lot of solid shots," Inman said. "I didn't drive the ball as well as I would have liked, but when I drove it in the rough, I just hit some miraculous shots."

His big putt was some 20 feet on No. 7.

Steve Elkington, second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas, John Cook, Jeff Maggert, Olin Browne and Tom Pernice Jr. were 4 under.

A light rain was replaced by sunshine by the time the leaders teed off, but for the third straight day they were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls.

Calcavecchia began the round with a one-stroke lead over Haas, but both struggled.

Calcavecchia had a double bogey on No. 11 on his way to a 74. He lost a six-stroke Saturday lead in the 2011 Regions Tradition, largely thanks to a pair of double bogeys on 12.

Haas shot a 73 to snap the tour's longest streak of par or better at 23 rounds. He had three straight bogeys starting on the second hole and didn't have a birdie until No. 10.

Updated : 2021-03-01 08:09 GMT+08:00