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Sauers takes lead at Senior Open

Published July 13, 2014 1:49 pm

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Edmond, Okla. • Several years ago, a rare skin disorder left Gene Sauers unsure if he would survive. Now he has a chance to win the U.S. Senior Open.

Sauers crept up on the field and shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after three rounds at Oak Tree National. He moved to 7 under, passing front-runners Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Colin Montgomerie along the way.

The journey to this opportunity is what makes Sunday's final round extra special for the 51-year-old Sauers. He said a reaction to a wrongly prescribed medication caused Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a disorder that burned the skin on his arms and legs from the inside out.

While he was in the hospital for seven weeks recovering, he pictured his golf swing. He got out of the hospital in June 2011 and eventually returned to the course.

"The good Lord said I'm going to give you another chance," Sauers said. "Bogey doesn't matter that much anymore. That's when I learned to have a great time and tried to hit everything I was capable of doing, and it worked out today."

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

It looked as if Montgomerie might run away from the field early on in the third round. He opened with birdies on Nos. 1 and 3 to jump out to a four-shot lead over Langer, who by then had moved from third to second.

PGA Tour

In Silvis, Ill., Brian 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 for the tournament at TPC Deere Run. Three-time winner Steve Stricker is alone in second, one stroke better than Scott Brown heading into the final round.

Women's British Open

In Southport, England, Inbee Park shot a 4-under 68 and took the lead in the Women's British Open after a late penalty against Ahn Sun-Ju. Park was at 4-under 212 at Royal Birkdale, one shot clear of Ahn, Shanshan Feng of China and Suzann Pettersen going into the final round. —

Saturday's scores

U.S. Senior Open

At Oak Tree National Golf Club

Edmond, Okla.

Purse • TBA ($2.6 million in 2013)

Yardage • 7,219; Par • 71

Third-round leaders

a-amateur

Gene Sauers 69-69-68 — 206

Bernhard Langer 69-69-71 — 209

Scott Dunlap 69-68-72 — 209

Colin Montgomerie 65-71-74 — 210

Marco Dawson 66-76-69 — 211

Vijay Singh 69-71-71 — 211

Jeff Sluman 70-69-72 — 211

Woody Austin 72-70-71 — 213

David Frost 71-71-71 — 213

Peter Senior 73-73-68 — 214

Rocco Mediate 70-74-71 — 215

Russ Cochran 70-74-71 — 215

Esteban Toledo 73-70-72 — 215

Mark Brooks 68-71-76 — 215

Loren Roberts 73-72-71 — 216

Tom Kite 73-70-73 — 216

Kirk Triplett 69-72-75 — 216

Joey Sindelar 72-71-74 — 217

Wes Short Jr. 73-68-76 — 217

Tom Byrum 71-75-72 — 218

Michael Allen 73-73-72 — 218

Scott Hoch 75-71-72 — 218

Brad Bryant 73-72-73 — 218

Sonny Skinner 73-70-75 — 218

Olin Browne 70-72-76 — 218

Tom Lehman 72-69-77 — 218

Doug Garwood 70-69-79 — 218

Lance Ten Broeck 70-69-79 — 218

a-Jeff Wilson 70-76-73 — 219

Chris Williams 72-72-75 — 219

Steve Pate 72-72-75 — 219

Joe Durant 71-73-75 — 219

Roger Chapman 79-70-71 — 220

Jose Coceres 75-74-71 — 220

a-Mike McCoy 74-74-72 — 220

Duffy Waldorf 75-73-72 — 220

Fred Funk 70-77-73 — 220

Steen Tinning 72-75-73 — 220

Corey Pavin 72-73-75 — 220

Robin Byrd 77-67-76 — 220

Kenny Perry 75-74-72 — 221

Gil Morgan 72-76-73 — 221

Kevin Sutherland 73-72-76 — 221

Mark O'Meara 75-74-73 — 222

Bruce Vaughan 75-74-73 — 222

Rod Spittle 71-78-73 — 222

John Riegger 77-71-74 — 222

Bob Tway 74-73-75 — 222

Bill Glasson 73-73-76 — 222

Barry Lane 74-69-79 — 222

PGA-John Deere Classic

At TPC Deere Run

Silvis, Ill.

Purse • $4.7 million

Yardage • 7,268; Par • 71 (35-36)

Third-round leaders

a-amateur

Brian Harman 63-68-65 — 196

Steve Stricker 68-65-64 — 197

Scott Brown 67-70-61 — 198

Tim Clark 72-63-64 — 199

Jerry Kelly 66-68-65 — 199

William McGirt 64-66-69 — 199

Zach Johnson 63-67-69 — 199

Jhonattan Vegas 69-68-63 — 200

Ryan Moore 66-67-67 — 200

Johnson Wagner 66-65-69 — 200

Brad Fritsch 70-68-63 — 201

Charles Howell III 66-68-67 — 201

Steven Bowditch 64-67-70 — 201

Daniel Summerhays 69-68-65 — 202

David Toms 65-70-67 — 202

Jordan Spieth 71-64-67 — 202

Chad Campbell 69-71-62 — 202

Bo Van Pelt 67-69-67 — 203

Bud Cauley 67-67-69 — 203

D.H. Lee 72-66-66 — 204

Troy Merritt 68-70-66 — 204

Scott Langley 69-70-65 — 204

Brian Davis 72-68-64 — 204

Shawn Stefani 73-67-64 — 204

Rory Sabbatini 63-70-71 — 204

Women's British Open

At Royal Birkdale Golf Club

Southport, England

Purse • $3 million

Yardage • 6,458; Par • 72

Third-round leaders

a-amateur

Inbee Park 72-72-68 — 212

Suzann Pettersen 72-73-68 — 213

Shanshan Feng 73-71-69 — 213

Sun-Ju Ahn 75-67-71 — 213

Amelia Lewis 72-71-71 — 214

Julieta Granada 72-70-72 — 214

Charley Hull 73-76-66 — 215

Stacy Lewis 71-74-70 — 215

Eun-Hee Ji 74-70-71 — 215

Amy Yang 71-72-72 — 215

Beatriz Recari 74-67-74 — 215