Mark James shot a 67 yesterday in the third round of the Senior Players Championship in Dearborn, Mich., and caught a break when Dana Quigley ruined a strong round with a quadruple bogey.
At one of the Champions Tour's five majors, James is three strokes ahead of Gary McCord and Jose Maria Canizares. Both second-round leaders were 1 under.
James's lead is the largest going into the final round of the tournament since 1999, when Hale Irwin was ahead by four strokes and won by seven.
Quigley shared the lead with James at 14 under -- until he fell apart at the par-5 17th.
After his drive left him 232 yards short of the hole, he went for the green but fell just short and into the water. He dropped, then found water again before hitting over the green. Quigley then chipped well past the hole before two-putting for a 9.
He bogeyed the last hole, falling to even-par 72 for the round and 9 under for the tournament, tied for sixth.
Quigley, the "Iron Man" of the Champions Tour, has played in every one of the last 250 events he has been eligible for since 1997, and 235 consecutive overall.
Bruce Fleisher and Jim Ahern each shot 69s and will start today's final round four shots back. James had two birdies on the front nine and three on the back, with no bogeys.
* LPGA: Meg Mallon is close to pulling off a rare feat in women's golf.
Still on a roll after winning last weekend's U.S. Women's Open, Mallon shot a 7-under 65 to extend her lead after the third round of the Canadian Women's Open in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She is 16-under 200 for the tournament, four strokes ahead of second-place Beth Daniel, the defending champion who shot a 67 in the third round.
Mallon's run -- she's 26 under in her last five rounds of competition -- has put her in position to become only the third woman to follow a U.S. Women's Open victory by winning an LPGA event the following week.
Se Ri Pak was the last to do so in 1998 by winning the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, joining Jane Geddes, who accomplished the feat in 1986. Louise Suggs also won back-to-back events in 1952, but that's when the All-America Women's Open was held six weeks after the U.S. Open.
* PGA: Jose Coceres birdied the 17th hole for a 3-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the rain-delayed John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Coceres moved to 12-under 130, one shot ahead of Greg Chalmers (67) heading into the third round.
About half the field was forced to complete the second round yesterday, one day after play was delayed for three hours because of rain and later suspended because of lightning.
Vaughn Taylor (69) was two shots back at 10-under 132, and Mark Hensby shot a second-round 65 to move into fourth at 9 under.
Ten players were tied for fifth at 7 under.
* EUROPE: An injury kept Marcus Fraser of Australia from even getting a chance to qualify for his first British Open. A brilliant round of 7-under 64 in the Scottish Open in Luss gave him one last hope.
Fraser shot into contention with a 30 on the front nine and wound up in a share of the lead with Gregory Havret of France. They are two guys who will be playing for more than just first-place prize money and another European tour victory.
The top finisher at Loch Lomond not already eligible earns a place in the field at next week's British Open.
Havret, who failed to earn a spot at a European qualifier two weeks ago, birdied five of the first eight holes and looked as if he might run away from the field but had only one birdie and a bogey the rest of the way for a 5-under 66 to join Fraser at 14-under 199.