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O'Meara holds lead in bid for first Champions Tour win

Mark O'Meara, looking for his first individual victory on the Champions Tour, shot a 1-under 69 Saturday for a two-stoke lead entering the final round of the Senior Players Championship.

O'Meara is at 5 under going into today at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md. He is the only player to shoot under par all three rounds.

The 53-year-old O'Meara has nine second-place finishes in four years on the Champions Tour. He was part of a team victory at the Legends of Golf event in April. Two shots off the lead are second-round leader Russ Cochran (73), Michael Allen (72) and Loren Roberts (68).

O'Meara was cruising with an 18-hole bogeyless streak until he missed a par putt at No. 16. He finished with another bogey on No. 18. O'Meara's playing partners, Cochran and Allen, also struggled on the final three holes. "We're old," O'Meara cracked. "This is the Champions Tour - we all ran out of gas out there."

Slocum leads at Sea Island

Heath Slocum made his first bogey in 50 holes but did little else wrong at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simon's, Ga. Slocum shot another 4-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Joe Durant and tour rookie Troy Merritt going into the final round of the new McGladrey Classic.

The second stop in the Fall Series is loaded with players simply trying to keep their cards. Slocum doesn't have that concern, although he would love to win for the second straight year. Merritt is at No. 123 on the money list, while Durant is at No. 131. Both are trying to get inside the top 125 to keep their cards. David Toms, the 36-hole leader, had a 70 and was two shots behind.

Kerr takes 3-shot advantage in Alabama

Cristie Kerr moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic at Prattville, Ala. Kerr, who won the LPGA State Farm Classic and LPGA Championship - by 12 strokes - in consecutive starts in June, had a 17-under 199 total on the Senator layout at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex. She opened with rounds of 65 and 67. Katherine Hull (67) and Na Yeon Choi (70) were tied for second. - AP

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