PEABODY, MA – Kirk Triplett shot a 4-under 66 on Saturday at a steamy Salem Country Club and leads the U.S. Senior Open after three rounds.
The 55-year-old Triplett heads into Sunday’s final round at 15-under, one up on Kenny Perry (67), who three-putted 18 to finish at 14-under.
Triplett and Perry will be paired together in Sunday’s final group.
Six shots back, alone in third, is Brandt Jobe, who closed with a 29 on his way to a tournament-tying record 9-under 62.
Fred Couples and Tom Lehman both shot even-par 70s and are tied for fourth at 7-under.
Bernhard Langer will need a miracle to win senior major No. 10. The 59-year-old German struggled to a 2-over 72 and is nine shots back, tied with Steve Flesch at 6-under.
1 Kirk Triplett -15
2 Kenny Perry -14
3 Brandt Jobe -9
T4 Fred Couples -7
T4 Tom Lehman -7
T6 Steve Flesch -6
T6 Bernhard Langer -6
T8 Corey Pavin -5
T8 Vijay Singh -5
T8 Stephen Ames -5
T8 Paul Broadhurst -5
T8 Scott Verplank -5
T8 Doug Garwood -5
- Best Trip: Triplett’s best finish in a major was a second place at the 2015 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS
Championship (Bernhard Langer).
- Trip Trends: Triplett has won both events when leading or tied for lead after 54 holes on Champions Tour. He won the 2014 ACE Group Classic and the 2014 SAS Championship.
- Trip Stats: Triplett Has hit 36 of 42 fairways (85.7%), and 40 of 54 greens in regulation (74.1.9%).
- Perry Trends: When Perry won in 2013, he was T2 after 54 holes, two strokes behind Michael Allen.
- Perry Stats: Perry has hit 34 of 42 fairways (81.0%), and 44 of 54 greens in regulation (81.5%).
- Fred’s Streak: Fred Couples’ under-par rounds streak (19) came to an end with a Saturday even-par round of 70. It is the best current streak.
- The Money: Sunday’s winner will receive a first-place prize of $720,000.
One thought to sum up Kirk Triplett's third round of the #USSeniorOpen: ?
— USGA (@USGA) July 1, 2017
“That’s sort of my goal with this. I want to embrace it. I want to love having a chance tomorrow to win a USGA championship. I mean, that’s what I want to do. I might not do it, but I want to love having the chance to do it.”
–Kirk Triplett, 54-hole leader