Tom Watson is on the verge on his first US Senior Open victory after a second straight 66 left the American two strokes clear of compatriot and defending champion Allen Doyle with 18 holes left to play.

European Seniors Tour Member Mark James of England carded a 69 – his third sub-par round – and remains in the hunt just four strokes back.

Watson, a Kansas native and winner of 12 Major titles including five Opens and two Senior British Opens, will have the support of the galleries at the Prairie Dunes Country Club when he tees off in Sunday’s final round.

He will start on eight under par 202, two clear of Doyle and three ahead of Loren Roberts, who stormed back into contention with a third round of 62, eight under par, which set a new record for the lowest 18-hole score in any USGA Championship.

“There’s pressure on me, but I dealt with pressure before,” said Watson. “That’s the way I deal with it, and I try to put it push it off to the side, and I do a pretty good job of that. We’ll just have to see tomorrow, whether I can close the deal or not.”

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