Bruce Fleisher said time had passed him by. One month shy of his 50th birthday, maybe it has, but not on Saturday at the B.C. Open.
Fleisher briefly put any thoughts of graduating to the Senior PGA Tour on hold with a 9-under-par 63 and gained the third-round lead at 12-under 204. That was one shot better than Nolan Henke, who shot a 67.
Chris Perry, second here last year, had a 69 and was alone in third at 206, while rookie Richard Coughlan of Ireland and R.W. Eaks were tied for fourth, another shot back.
Third-round leader Dave Barr of Canada had an off day with a 73 and was in a group of six at 208. Defending B.C. Open champion Gabriel Hjertstedt of Sweden also was in contention after a 66 moved him within five strokes of the lead.
Three decades ago, Fleisher was dreaming of life on the PGA Tour after winning the U.S. Amateur. Now he's staring at life on tour as a senior.
"I've been around a long time, but I can still play," said Fleisher, who took advantage of the firm playing conditions on the En-Joie Golf Club course for seven birdies and an eagle that got him going. "I'm competitive, but that's why there is a senior tour. My peers are out there. I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to the no-cut. This year I've missed eight cuts by one shot, and it seems like every week I'm always around that cut. That's stressful."
Around the links
Bruce Summerhays landed one drive on a cart path and the next in a creek, but managed to salvage a share of the lead after two rounds of the $1.1 million Kroger Senior Classic in Mason, Ohio. Summerhays shot 69 and That dropped him into a five-way tie at 7-under 133 with Bob Charles, Frank Conner, Larry Nelson and Hugh Baiocchi. Five other players were one stroke behind going into today's final round (5 p.m., ESPN).
The United States built a five-point lead over Europe heading into today's singles showdowns (3 p.m., Ch. 2) at the Solheim Cup at Dublin, Ohio. The U.S. team, which won five of the eight points available on Saturday, held a 10 1/2 -5 1/2 lead going into the 12 singles matches.
At Saint-nom-la-Breteche, France, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 4-under 67 for the third-round lead in the $1.32 million Lancome Trophy, two shots ahead of defending champion Mark O'Meara.