Wicked and relentless winds in excess of 30 mph took their toll at Oak Tree Golf Club in Oklahoma, literally blowing names down and off the leaderboard during the third round of the 67th US Senior PGA Championship. Sam Torrance was one of the few who managed to hang on with a two over par 73 that leaves the Scotsman eight strokes off the lead.
A shot further back, on three over par 216, is Eduardo Romero of Argentina, who came through the field thanks to a gutsy round of level par 71.
The reigning Wentworth Senior Masters champion battled back superbly from a triple bogey six at the short eighth hole to cover the remaining ten holes in three under par, the highlight of which was an eagle three at the 16th.
Of the 77 players who made the cut, only three broke par during a day when winds wreaked havoc. None of those finishing in red figures was in the top six on the leaderboard but local favourite Gil Morgan did manage a solid 71 to remain at six under par for the tournament, meaning he will take a one shot lead into Sunday’s final round.
Fellow American Brad Bryant was one behind at five under par after a 72, while 36-hole leader Peter Jacobsen struggled in the conditions and posted a four over par 75 to sit three off the lead with Loren Roberts (71).
José Rivero, who had lead the European challenge at the halfway mark after a second round 69, fell way off the pace after a 78.