Curtis Strange and Andy Dillard shared the lead at 10 under par, and five other golfers were one stroke behind after yesterday's third round of the $724,043 Federal Express St. Jude Classic in Cordova, Tenn.
Fuzzy Zoeller, first-round leader Russ Cochran, Hubert Green, Mike Donald and Jay Don Blake were grouped at 9 under after 54 holes on the 7,272-yard, par-72 Colonial Country Club course.
Strange had four birdies and no bogeys after beginning the day 6 under par and five strokes off the lead.
"I played solid and consistent," he said. "You just have to be patient."
Dillard, 25, is from Tyler, Tex. He is seeking his first victory in his second year on the tour. He faltered early in his round with two bogeys after starting the day one stroke behind. He bogeyed Nos. 2 and 4, but had four birdies thereafter for a 70.
"Suddenly I was five shots back," he said. "I tried not to pay any attention to what was going on, and, before I knew it, I was in the hunt again."
Green, looking for his first victory since the 1985 PGA Championship, scored eight birdies with only one bogey for 7-under-par 65, the best round of the day.
Zoeller has yet to win this year. He was atop the leader board but gambled by trying to go over the water to the 16th green. His 1-iron shot fell short into the water, and Zoeller, who started the day two shots back, settled for his only bogey of the day and finished with a 2-under 70.
Cochran, who had fallen four shots off the pace Friday after holding the first-round lead, bogeyed No. 4, but birdied four holes on the back nine -- including his last three -- to post a 4-under 68.
In Englewood, Colo., Chris Johnson bogeyed the last hole but ended with a 2-under-par 70 for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of a $250,000 National Pro-Am.
Her 207 is one ahead of Sally Quinlan, who three-putted No. 17 for a bogey. Quinland parred the 18th for a 70. Therese Hession (70) and Jill Briles (72) are at 211.
Sherri Turner set a course record with a 65, missing Alexandra Reinhardt's tournament record of 1984 by a stroke.
Muffin Spencer-Devlin of the United States shot a 75 for a one-stroke lead with a 222 after the third round of the $165,000 women's event in St. Mellion, England.
Sally Little of the United States and Britain's Alison Nicholas are at 223. Little shot a 74, Nicholas a 73.
Defending champion Laura Davies of Britain dropped into a fourth-place tie at 224 with Katrina Douglas.
Davies putted terribly but kept within striking distance of a remarkable golfing double. She became the first Briton to win the U.S. Open title in a playoff Tuesday. Today she holed only one putt of any note, from seven feet on the 17th green. She slumped to a third-round 79. Douglas shot 73 today.
Spencer-Devlin said she Davies still is likely to win.
In Scarborough-on-Hudson, N.Y., Roland Stafford, who did not play on the PGA Senior Tour last year, shot a 5-under-par 65 to tie Dale Douglass for the lead after two rounds of the $250,000 Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
Douglass, the 1986 U.S. Senior Open champion and third-leading money-winner on the Senior Tour last year, had his second straight 67 on the par-70, 6,545-yard course to match Stafford's 36-hole score of 6-under-par 134.
Gene Littler and Miller Barber each had 68s to tie for third at 135. Mike Souchak, who had a 66, and Jim Ferree, with a 68, were next at 136. First-round leader Larry Mowry had a 73 and was at 139. Arnold Palmer had 73 for 144.
Stafford, 55, who operates golf schools in Margaretville, N.Y., and Hollywood, Fla.