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July 14, 2013

Allen’s lead shrinks

OMAHA, Neb. — Kenny Perry went for broke, and now he is back in contention for a second straight win in a senior major.

Perry shot a 6-under-par 64 at the Omaha Country Club on Saturday and, along with Fred Funk, will go into the final round of the U.S. Senior Open two shots behind leader Michael Allen.

Perry, who was 10 shots off the lead after a 73 on Friday, figured he would need to halve the deficit to have a chance Sunday. He posted nines of 32-32 and got some help from Allen, who went from 63 on Friday to 72 on Saturday and was at 8-under 202.

“I was in that rocking-chair seat,” Perry said. “I was in a very aggressive mode, where if I go out and play great today, I’ve got a chance to move my way up the leaderboard. Or if I don’t play any good, it’s OK, too.”

It looked as if Funk, the 2009 champion, might fade after taking a double-bogey on No. 10. But he birdied the last two holes for a 67, rolling in a 35-foot putt on the 18th. Suddenly, he was right back in the tournament, too.

“To make that putt on 18 was a bonus,” Funk said. “Having that good finish was great. At least it kept me in the game.”

Allen, a journeyman on the regular tour and a four-time winner since joining the senior tour in 2009, started with a 5-shot lead — the largest after 36 holes in the tournament’s 34-year history.

He went out in even-par 35, but he bogeyed three holes on the back nine and came in with a 37.

“Obviously, yesterday was a lot of fun. I made a lot of birdies and very few bogeys,” Allen said. “Today I had a few more bads than goods, but it’s fun. It’s nice to be in the lead. If you’d have given me a 2-shot lead to start the week, I would have been pretty thrilled to have it, I’m sure.”

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