Morgan regains lead at Senior PGA Championship
HOUSTON (Reuters) – Local favorite Gil Morgan overcame
gusting winds to regain control of the Senior PGA Championship
with a level-par 71 in Saturday’s third round at Edmond,
A stroke off the pace overnight, the 59-year-old American
ended a grueling day of high-scoring at Oak Tree Golf Club one
ahead of Brad Bryant.
Morgan, who lives a short walk from the course, offset
three bogeys with three birdies for a 54-hole total of
Chasing his first Champions Tour major since the 1998
Senior Players Championship, he had led the tournament on day
one after firing a sparkling 66 in searing heat.
Bryant carded a 72 to stand alone in second while Peter
Jacobsen, tournament leader overnight, returned a 75 to share
third place at three under with Loren Roberts (71).
“It was a very difficult day for everyone, me included,”
Morgan told reporters after launching his round with a
birdie-three at the opening hole.
“You had to really control your golf ball to be able to get
it to come down in the right spot with the cross winds and the
down wind and that type of thing.
“I think making a birdie early on kind of got me started a
little bit,” added the Oklahoma native who is bidding to become
the tournament’s oldest winner since Sam Snead in 1973.
“Fortunately, I was able to hit a few good shots today and
not make too many mistakes. Plus I was able to make a few
birdies. It was just a tough old day.”
Morgan, whose nine-year run of winning at least once on the
Champions Tour ended last season, is chasing his first victory
at senior level since the 2004 SBC Classic.
Jacobsen, seeking his third major title in three years, was
disappointed with a round featuring six bogeys and just two
“It was hard,” said the 51-year-old, who had two operations
on his right knee last year and hip surgery in 2004.
“This is not the kind of course you want to play in the
wind. I just didn’t put the ball in the right spot and I kept
hitting a lot of shots over the greens.”
PGA Tour veteran Jay Haas, bidding for a third consecutive
victory on the Champions Tour, was tied for fifth at two under,
a 73 putting him level with fellow American Dana Quigley (72).
Tom Watson, the 2001 champion, signed for a 74 to occupy
ninth spot at level-par 213 with defending champion Mike Reid a
further four strokes back after a 75.
(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles)