American David Oakley takes a slender two shot lead into the final round of the MDIS & Partners Festival of Golf at Mill Ride GC, Ascot after a round of 71 took him to five under par today (Saturday).
He leads compatriot Jerry Bruner, Northern Ireland's Eddie Polland and the ever-present Tommy Horton by two shots after a second blustery day when only five players finished under par
Oakley, chasing his first seniors Tour title looked to be running away with it but Horton, the most successful senior on Tour, fought back with three birdies to move within a shot until finding water on the last.
Horton was tied for the lead early on but four dropped shots in the space of three holes when he twice tangled with the trees saw him slip down the leaderboard.
"It was a horrendous day for bounces," said Horton. "If luck has anything to do with it things have got to change tomorrow. Considering the bounces I had, finishing two shots behind is not too bad."
For Oakley, runner up in the 1996 Senior British Open at Royal Portrush behind Brian Barnes, it was a case of trying to keep the mistakes to a minimum.
"There is so much danger out there you need to try to make sure you do no worse than a bogey," he said. "I struck the ball great today and tomoorow I've just got to go and shoot as low as I can."
Bruner, a graduate from the Seniors Qualifying School, picked up an eagle and two birdies on his way to a one under 71 while Polland, suffering with a trapped nerve in his back, fired three birdies with only one bogey during his 70.
The 36-hole cut fell on nine over par 153 with 51 players qualifying for the final round.
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