Rocco Mediate shot an even-par 71 on Saturday in the Senior PGA Championship to take a two-stroke lead over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie into the final round in Benton Harbor.
Four strokes ahead at a tournament-record 14 under entering the day, had three birdies and three bogeys - his first of the week - in the third round at Harbor Shores. He opened with a 62 to match the course and tournament records and had a 66 on Friday.
The 53-year-old Mediate won both of his PGA Tour Champions titles in 2013 after winning six times on the PGA Tour. He had a 14-under 199 total on the Jack Nicklaus-designed layout.
"Everybody's gunnin,'" Mediate said. "I know I didn't shoot under par but I'm ecstatic on the way things went really. I don't think I've ever had the lead, have I? No, I was tied for the lead after four rounds of a major but hopefully I can do one better than the last time I was in this position."
That happened at the U.S. Open in 2008 against Tiger Woods. Mediate lost in an 18-hole playoff.
Montgomerie had a 68. The Scot won the major championship in 2014 at Harbor Shores and last year at French Lick Resort in Indiana and is now looking to join Hale Irwin as the only men to ever win the Senior PGA Championship three years in a row.
"Obviously this tournament means a lot to me," Montgomerie said. "This championship was my first 72 hole stroke win here in America two years ago. Having managed to defend last year it's great come back here and talk about winning three times in a row. I put myself in a reasonable position"
Mediate and Montgomerie will tee off at 1:30pm on Sunday in the final group.
"We have to stop him-- he can't do three of these," Mediate joked with a smile. "Colin is a good buddy. He will be all over it Sunday and I will have to play my game and see what happens."
Club pro John DalCorobbo was third at 11 under after a 69. DalCorobbo is a PGA assistant professional at Brickyard Crossing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the golf coach at Speedway High School. He won the Senior PGA Professional in October to top the club pro qualifiers. He is 3-back of the lead heading into Sunday---Indy 500 Sunday.
"Well I get to wear a pretty cool shirt Sunday," DalCorobbo explained. "I get to wear the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. When my boss gave me that shirt he said, 'hey DC this is what you get to wear Sunday up at Benton Harbor' and I was like, 'yeah this is a good one.' I've had that shirt ready. It's coming out Sunday and it will be fun."
He will tee off at 1:21pm alongside Tom Lehman, who is at 10-under. Brandt Jobe was within one of the lead heading into 17 before he triple bogeyed. He's four back at 10-under along with Kirk Triplett.
Bernhard Langer shot an even par 71 Saturday to remain at 9-under and five back of the lead. He will tee off at 12:54pm Sunday.
You can watch final round coverage on WNDU starting at 3pm on Sunday.