Jim Colbert, a rookie on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday to catch faltering Phil Rodgers for a share of the lead after three of The Tradition.
Rodgers, winless in three senior seasons, started the day at 12 under with a six-shot lead over Colbert and four others but had five bogeys and a double-bogey in his round of 73.He tied Colbert for the lead by chipping in from the bunker for an eagle on the 18th hole while Colbert made a birdie putt.
Rodgers and Colbert, who hasn't won a tournament since the 1983 Colonial National Invitation on the PGA Tour, were both at 11-under 205 heading into the final round of the $800,000 tournament.
And in Tucson, Ariz., hometown favorite Chris Johnson eagled the 18th hole to stave off a charging Jan Stephenson and hold a three-stroke lead after three rounds of $350,000 PING-Welch's Championship.
Johnson, who has been at least a co-leader since the first round, fired a 7-under-par 65 for a 54-hole tournament record of 15-under 201 over the 6,199-yard North Course at Randolph Park. The old mark was 204.
At The Woodlands, Texas, officials of the rained out Independent Insurance Agent Open will make a final attempt to play golf Sunday with a $100,000 Scramble over the soggy Woodlands Country Club course.