Defending champion Paul Broadhurst put a little breathing room between himself and the field on Saturday at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, firing his second consecutive 3-under 67 to take a two-shot lead over South Africa's Retief Goosen.
The 53-year-old Englishman, who stands at 6-under 204 through three rounds at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., is aiming to become the seventh player to win back-to-back Senior PGA titles and the first since Colin Montgomerie in 2014 and 2015.
Broadhurst, a five-time Champions Tour winner, carded his second straight bogey-free round, highlighted by birdies at Nos. 4, 6 and 10. His round was interrupted twice by weather delays, which totaled just over three hours on a day that tee times were moved up and golfers went off both the first and 10th tees to get the round in.
"I think the tough one was to go back out and play the last three holes," said Broadhurst, who has gone 38 holes without a bogey. "You know, tough three holes to play. ... But, you know, I'm obviously delighted. Another bogey-free round. Doesn't happen very often -- back to back, bogey-free rounds, especially around a course like this.
"A lot of it is because I've played sensibly. I haven't necessarily gone at flags. Got a little bit fortunate on a couple of holes today. Made a couple of nice putts for par and managed another chip-in for birdie. Things were going for me front nine."
Two-time U.S. Open champion Goosen also shot 67, recovering from an early stumble with a bogey at No. 2 with four birdies on the day at 4, 7, 9 and 16.
"(On) a golf course like this, you're always going to have to be patient," explained Goosen, 50, a seven-time PGA Tour winner who has just seven Champions starts under his belt to date. "I felt pretty good out there, better than yesterday. I hit the ball probably a little better, too, which sort of takes a little bit of pressure off you, but I still hit a lot of wild shots out there.
"It's been a while since I've been in this sort of position when the butterflies are flying a little. It's been, what, 10 years ago when I last won a tournament, so it's something you have to get used to and try and calm yourself down and find a nice rhythm out there and play well."
Rounding out the top five are Ken Tanigawa (66) at 3-under, Scott McCarron (67) at 2-under, and Corey Pavin (66) and John Riegger (69) at 1-under. Pavin and Tanigawa carded the low rounds of the day and tied first-round leader Scott Parel for low round of the week.
Bob Sowards (71) leads the eight PGA professionals in the field and currently sits tied for 15th place at 5-over 215 for the tournament -- three shots ahead of Mark Brown in the battle for low club pro honors.