Arnold Palmer moved a step closer to his first victory in 28 months, knocking in a pair of eagles en route to shooting a 67 for a four-stroke lead after the second round yesterday of the $250,000 Senior Challenge in Roswell, Ga.

Palmer, 58, who shot an opening round 66, was at 133, 11-under-par entering today's final round for the $37,500 first prize.

Gary Player tied the course and tournament record with a 65 and was tied for second with Larry Mowry at 137 over the par 72, 6,702-yard Horseshoe Bend Country Club course. Mowry had a 67.

Another shot back was Dave Hill after a 71.

Hill had a 67 Friday and was one shot behind Palmer entering yesterday's play.

Palmer, who has not won since the Senior Tournament Players Championship in June 1985, opened play with an eagle-3 on the par-5, 506-yard first hole, knocking his second shot -- a 3-iron -- 205 yards to within three inches of the hole. He also eagled the par-5, 506-yard 18th, hitting a 6-iron to 18 feet on his second shot and holing the putt.

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Doug Tewell shot a 5-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over former Oklahoma neighbor Danny Edwards and Texan Phil Blackmar after the third round of the $300,000 Pensacola (Fla.) Open.