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With the focus back on the leaders after Annika Sorenstam missed the cut, Kenny Perry didn't go unnoticed again as he ran away from the rest of the field at the Colonial.

Perry matched the Colonial record with a 9-under 61 in the third round Saturday. He was at 17 under and led by eight strokes -- the largest lead after 54 holes on the tour this season, entering today's final round (3 p.m., Ch. 4).

On target from the start, Perry birdied his first three holes and then made three straight birdies to end his front nine. With three more birdies on the back nine, he finished his best round in 17 years on the PGA Tour.

"I can't remember holding it together that many holes in a row consecutively," Perry said. "I've had stretches of six, seven, eight holes pretty good. But I don't remember having this many."

Perry was also the leader after the second round, but his 64 Friday was basically a footnote with Sorenstam wrapping up her historic appearance on the PGA Tour.

"They have never paid attention to me anyway, so it doesn't matter to me," Perry said.

Still, the media workroom with more than 200 work spaces was only about half-full Saturday. A couple dozen reporters attended his post-round news conference in the same room that was filled with more than 300 people the previous three days for Sorenstam.

There was a more-traditional feel around Colonial a day after Sorenstam finished her historic appearance as the first woman in 58 years to play on the PGA Tour after missing the cut.

Rory Sabbatini was the closest to Perry at 9 under after his third-round 67 that started with an eagle. Jim Furyk (69) was nine strokes back.

Matthew leads by two in Corning

CORNING -- Catriona Matthew shot a 5-under 67, rallying with a birdie at No. 17 after consecutive three-putt bogeys to take a two-stroke lead over Lorie Kane into the final round of the LPGA Corning Classic.

Matthew, who started the day tied with Kane at 12 under, was at 17-under 199 and easily within reach of the tournament record of 20-under 268 set in 1998 by Tammie Green.

Thorpe, Hatalsky share lead

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Former Buffalo resident Jim Thorpe shot a 6-under-par 64 and Morris Hatalsky had a 65 to share the second-round lead in the Champions Tour's Columbus Southern Open.

"It's been a long time since I've been in this position, so I'm going to cherish the moment for a while," said Thorpe, a five-time winner on the 50-and-over tour.

Thorpe and Hatalsky had 9-under 131 totals on the Green Island Country Club course for a one-stroke lead over Doug Tewell (64), Tom Jenkins (65), Allen Doyle (66) and Ireland's Des Smith (66) entering today's final round (6 p.m., CNBC).

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