Scott McCarron, Bart Bryant, and Jeff Maggert share a one-shot lead after 54 holes of play at the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
Bryant and McCarron carded matching low-round 65s to join Maggert, who signed for a 66, atop a jam-packed leaderboard at 16-under par.
McCarron, the defending champion, closed with five birdies on the back nine to put himself in prime position for a repeat victory.
“Well, the only way to repeat is you’ve got to put yourself in position going into the final round, which I’ve done,” said McCarron.
“Tomorrow will be very exciting. We’ve got a stacked leaderboard, and someone is going to have to go pretty low tomorrow to win this tournament.”
Vijay Singh posted a third-day 66 to reach 15-under par, one clear of three-time Senior Players winner Bernhard Langer (67) and Mike Small (66) who sit T5 at 14-under par.
In all, some 13 players are within four shots of the lead heading into Sunday’s finale at Exmoor Country Club.
2018 CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
TOP 10 LEADERS: ROUND 3
1. Bart Bryant -16 (-7)
1. Scott McCarron -16 (-7)
1. Jeff Maggert -16 (-6)
4. Vijay Singh -15 (-6)
5. Bernhard Langer -14 (-5)
5. Mike Small -14 (-6)
7. Clark Dennis -13 (-6)
7. Tom Byrum -13 (-4)
7. Scott Parel -13 (-2)
10. Jerry Smith -12 (-4)
10. Glen Day -12 (-3)
10. Kenny Perry -12 (-3)
10. Brandt Jobe -12 (-2)
NOTABLES: ROUND 3
16. Rocco Mediate -9 (-3)
16. Jerry Kelly -9 (-5)
16. Miguel Angel Jimenez -9 (-5)
23. Kevin Sutherland -8 (E)
27. Jesper Parnevik -7 (-5)
31. Colin Montgomerie -6 (-2)
31. Mark Calcavecchia -6 (-3)
36. Paul Broadhurst -5 (-4)
40. Tom Lehman -4 (-4)
57. Corey Pavin -1 (E)
72. Hale Irwin +2 (-2)
75. Tom Kite +7 (+2)
WD. John Daly
STATS TO LEAD
Scott McCarron 288.5
Jeff Maggert 275.7
Bart Bryant 259.5
Jeff Maggert 85.7%
Bart Bryant 88.1%
Scott McCarron 76.2%
Jeff Maggert 90.7%
Bart Bryant 85.2%
Scott McCarron 79.6%
Jeff Maggert (17 Birdies, 33 Pars, 3 Bogeys)
Bart Bryant (18 Birdies, 34 Pars, 2 Bogeys)
Scott McCarron (20 Birdies, 30 Pars, 4 Bogeys)
EXIT QUESTIONS FOR THE LEADERS
Q: What changed from yesterday? When we talked to you, you said you’re playing well —
SCOTT McCARRON: Well, I made too many mistakes yesterday, and I especially just made a big mistake on the last hole making bogey with a sand wedge, so I’m not real happy when I do that. Today I eliminated a lot of mistakes. I made one little mistake on the fourth hole with a 7-iron and just missed it a little short right in the bunker and had a very difficult up-and-down, but other than that, I hit the ball very well.
I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens. I went after the hole locations that were on the right side for me where I can hit my cut, and the hole locations on the left side I played a little safe. I did a very good job of managing my game today.
Q: You talked about a shootout; with the leaderboard being so bunched up, will you start looking at the leaderboard late in the round or early in the round?
JEFF MAGGERT: I’m just going to try to make as many birdies as I can. I had a great start today, eagled 1, birdied 2, and I just tried to keep on the gas pedal all day, so I’m going to keep doing that tomorrow and not really pay attention to the leaderboard.
Because I know I’m going to have to make probably six, seven, eight birdies tomorrow to have a chance.
Q: Talk about just in general how good you feel about how things have gone this week.
BART BRYANT: I feel good. I’ve had a couple of decent weeks this year, but by and large I haven’t played great golf, and mostly due to the putter. To just be solid with the putter — I was very solid in Wisconsin the last round. I didn’t play the U.S. Senior Open. And then to have three rounds here of solid putting, that’s — it’s more Bart Bryant-ish.
I’ve really been in a putting slump for quite a while, and it was tough to go through. I’m hoping this is going to get me out of it. I’m using a new putter, and that seems to be helping some.