Loren Roberts emerged as the main threat to Fred Funk during the third round of The Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard as Sam Torrance found trouble at the second hole.
Both Funk – who set a record 11 under par halfway total – and Scot Torrance, who resides just down the road from the Berkshire course, gained a stroke at the par five opener.
That left Europe’s former Ryder Cup Captain nine under and three behind the 53 year old American.
But at the dog-leg left par four next Torrance drove in to the trees and had to take a penalty drop. From there he chipped onto the fairway, played his fourth to the front of the green and even then needed a chip and two putts for a triple bogey seven.
The only consolation for the 55 year old was that Funk also bogeyed the hole, his first dropped shot of the week at his 38th hole.
America’s 2006 winner Loren Roberts was up to second, a birdie at the third taking him to seven under.
And when Roberts picked up further shots at the fourth and sixth the gap to Funk was only two strokes.
Australia’s two-time Open Championship winner Greg Norman moved into a share of third with Torrance, while Tom Watson – the talk of Turnberry last week – reached five under along with defending champion Bruce Vaughan and Zimbabwe’s Denis Watson.
Earlier Kirk Hanefeld, who came through qualifying at Camberley Heath, had a hole in one at the 171 yard fourth.
The American’s six iron ace took the 53 year old back to two over for the week.