Allen's lead down to 2 at Senior Open

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 12, 2013
Kenny Perry and Fred Funk made charges in the U.S. Senior Open on Saturday, each pulling within two shots of leader Michael Allen with one round to go. Perry, going for a second straight win in a senior major, shot 6-under-par 64 to match Corey Pavin for the low round at Omaha Country Club. Funk shot 67 after making a long birdie putt on No. 18. Allen, who had a 63 Friday, ballooned to a 2-over 72. He started the day with a 5-stroke advantage over Rocco Mediate. It was the largest lead after 36 holes in the tournament's 34-year history. Allen was at 8-under 202 for the tournament. Pavin, who tied for second in last year's tournament, was two shots behind Perry and Funk and four behind Allen. Mediate faded with bogeys on four of five holes in the middle of his round and sat five shots off the lead after a 72. Allen said Friday he had been playing through neck pain. He rubbed the right side of his neck Saturday as he walked up the 17th fairway. He saved par there, but he bogeyed the 18th to set the stage for a dramatic finish Sunday. Allen still led by five after nine holes, but it was down to three after he bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11. Perry, 10 shots behind Allen after the second round, had nines of 32-32 on Saturday. He started his push with an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole. He was the only golfer to birdie the 501-yard, par-4 10th. He drove into the rough but recovered with a pitching wedge to 20 feet. Perry birdied the par-3 16th and the 297-yard, par-4 17th to get to six under for the tournament. Funk, the 2009 winner, started his round seven shots off the lead. He birdied Nos. 2, 6 and 7 to get to six under. He recovered from a double-bogey on No. 10 with birdies on three of the last five holes. On the 18th, he seemed to surprise himself when his 35-foot birdie putt dropped. He turned to the gallery, lifted his left leg, raised his right fist and gave it a pump after the putt dropped. The 6,700-yard course had surrendered just one sub-67 round before Saturday. There were five in the third round, and 27 golfers broke par.
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