Tim Simpson cooled off, so to speak, to a 65 yesterday but increased his lead to six strokes in the Disney Golf Classic with a record-tying, three-round total of 23-under-par 193.
He said he could have done even better than eight birdies and a bogey over the rough greens of the 6,967-yard, par-72 Palm Course at the Disney resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"I had it going at the flag all day and left at least four or five putts hanging on the lip or a few inches short," said Simpson, a 13-year PGA Tour veteran with three victories.
Davis Love III and Payne Stewart are six shots back.
Stewart had the low round of the day, a 61 that is a record for the 7,190-yard Magnolia course. It also ties the tournament low score.
Love had a 66 on Magnolia.
"I'm 17 under but not very happy," Love said.
Paul Azinger, who began four shots back of Simpson, shot 68 -- 200, losing three shots to the leader. Also at 200 is Gene Sauers, who had a 67.
"I'm playing for second," Azinger said.
Stewart's hot round was due primarily to his putter, sinking birdies from six to 25 feet. He also made an 18-footer for eagle on par-5 No. 4.
Simpson, the defending champion but winless this year, started off hot on Wednesday and has stayed hot.
He has put together rounds of 64, 64 and 65, putting him into position to go for the PGA scoring record of 257 for 72 holes. He needs 63 to break the mark, set by Mike Souchak in the 1955 Texas Open.
"It's certainly within reach," Simpson said. "I'm going to continue my aggressiveness tomorrow."
His 193 ties the low 54-hole score this year, by Peter Persons in the Chattanooga Classic, and is two strokes over the PGA all-time record for three rounds.
Seniors: Jim Dent shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead after one round of the Transamerica Senior tournament in Napa, Calif. Don January was second at 69. Eight golfers were at 70, including Gary Player and J.C. Snead, who turned 50 on Sunday and is playing in his first Senior Tour event.
While playing in a pro-am event Wednesday, Snead fired a course-record 62 on the 6,632-yard South course at the Silverado Country Club.
Lee Trevino, the tour's leading money-winner, is at 73.