Harman grabs lead in John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. — Brian Harman is going to play in the final pairing of a PGA Tour stop for the first time. His playing partner is one accomplished part-timer.

Harman had two eagles in a 6-under 65 on Saturday that gave him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the John Deere Classic.

Harman's solid performance got him to 17-under 196 at TPC Deere Run. His partner today will be three-time Deere winner Steve Stricker, who is all alone in second, one stroke better than Scott Brown.

"I pay attention to what Steve's doing but don't base my game on his," said Harman, who was grouped with Stricker and Johnson Wagner in the third round. "He's had a lot of success here."

Stricker, who shot a 7-under 64 for a three-round total of 197, is 116 under par in his last 23 rounds at TPC Deere Run, including victories in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Brown is third after a 10-under 61, matching the best round on the PGA Tour in 2014.

U.S. Senior Open

At Edmond, Okla., Gene Sauers shot a 3-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead in the third round of the U.S. Senior Open.

Sauers had a 33 on the back nine to take control at Oak Tree National heading into the final round today. He is at 7 under for the tournament.

Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap are tied for second at 4 under. Colin Montgomerie is another stroke back in fourth.

Langer, who has dominated the Champions Tour all season, was solid, but had several potential birdies lip out during his even-par 71.

Marco Dawson, who shot a 76 on Friday, rebounded with a 69 on Saturday and is tied for fifth with Jeff Sluman and Vijay Singh.

Women's British Open

At Southport, England, a late ruling took Inbee Park from one shot behind to leading the Women's British Open, the slightest head start in her quest to become only the seventh player to win four of the LPGA Tour's major championships.

Park handled the tough opening stretch at Royal Birkdale with three birdies and shot a 4-under 68, giving her a one-shot lead over fellow major champions Suzann Pettersen of Norway (68) and Shanshan Feng of China (69), along with Ahn Sun-Ju of South Korea.

Ahn appeared to be the player to chase after what she thought was a 69 for a one-shot lead.

She was summoned to the rules trailer, where officials determined she used her left foot to build her stance in a pot bunker left of the 18th green. Ahn was assessed two shots for violating Rule 13-3. Her par turned into a double bogey. Her 69 became a 71. And she went from a one-shot lead in the final group to having to make up ground against Park, the LPGA Tour's reigning player of the year.

Scottish Open

At Aberdeen, Scotland, Justin Rose set up a chance to capture back-to-back titles by shooting a 5-under 66 at the Scottish Open to move into a share of the lead with home hopeful Marc Warren after three rounds.

Rose and Warren (67) are on 10-under-par overall at the warm-up tournament for the British Open, one shot clear of Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden (68).


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