Rocco Mediate hangs onto Senior PGA Championship lead in Benton Harbor


By: Associated Press

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — 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.

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.

Montgomerie had a 68. The Scot won the major championship in 2014 at Harbor Shores and last year at French Lick Resort in Indiana.

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. He won the Senior PGA Professional in October to top the club pro qualifiers.