US Senior Open of Golf 2013: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Recap and More

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 13, 2013

OMAHA, NE - JULY 13:  Michael Allen watches his tee shot on the sixth hole during the third round of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Omaha Country Club on July 13, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Michael Allen's lead at the U.S. Senior Open shrunk a bit, but he's still two strokes ahead after three rounds of play. On Saturday, he finished with a two-over 72, which was by far his worst round of the tournament.

On the strength of his three-under 67 on Thursday and seven-under 63 on Friday, he's at eight-under par overall heading into the final day of play. Here's a look at the complete leaderboard:

Click here to see full leaderboard at USSeniorOpen.com.

 

Allen's Poor Day

After compiling a total of five bogeys through the first two rounds of play, Allen matched that total in the third round. He hit only five of 13 fairways and struggled to maintain the pace he set for himself on Thursday and Friday.

He'll need to rebound if he hopes to capture the title.

 

Kenny Perry and Corey Pavin Are Charging Hard

Allen picked a bad day to have his worst round. His stumbles coincided with great performances from Pavin and Perry, which could lead to a nip-and-tuck affair on the final day of play.

Both Pavin and Perry shot six-under 64s on the day. Perry's round drew him within just two shots of Allen, and Pavin is within striking distance at only four shots back.

Perry's amazing eagle on the sixth hole was the highlight of the day. Perhaps, Perry believes in the power of positive thinking now, as suggested by this quote, via the USGA Twitter account:

 

Fred Funk Still Hanging Around

Last year's runner-up is also just two shots behind Allen. A three-under 67 kept Funk in the mix on Saturday. He finished just two shots behind Roger Chapman in the event last year, so he doesn't want to play second fiddle again.

He couldn't ask to be in a much better position heading into the final round.

 

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