Fuzzy Zoeller shot an 8-under-par 64 yesterday to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the $600,000 Tucson Open with a total of 19-under 197.
Zoeller had eight birdies and no bogeys at the 7,010-yard TPC at StarPass, moving past Hal Sutton, who led after two rounds but shot a 4-under 68 today.
"I don't think I can hit the ball much better than I did today," said Zoeller, a three-time winner in 1986 but without a victory this year. "Keeping the ball in a area where I can putt is the key thing. I did that today."
Six of Zoeller's birdies came from 10 feet or less, with another from 15 feet and one from 22.
Jay Haas, Chip Beck and first-round leader Mike Reid were tied for third at 15-under 201, with Bill Sander another stroke behind at 202.
Zoeller, who had surgery in 1984 to repair two ruptured discs, moved slowly because of persistent back pain. However, he shot three birdies on the front side before starting the back nine with four straight birdies.
"I'm sore," Zoeller said, adding the pain was located in his hips. "This is a tough course. With the mushy greens and having to walk up hills, it's a tough course for me to walk."
Sutton, who set the course record with a 10-under 62 Friday, had five birdies and three bogeys to go with his eagle yesterday.
Las Vegas Senior:
Bob Charles shot 3-under-par 69 to increase his lead to three shots after two rounds of the $250,000 Senior PGA Tour event at Desert Inn Country Club. Charles is at 6-under 136. Charles Coody, who shot 68 yesterday, was in second.