Shares lead af­ter nine holes of 3rd round at Se­nior Brit Open

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SUN­NING­DALE, Eng­land — Colin Mont­gomerie shares the club­house lead with lit­tle-known Amer­i­can Marco Daw­son on 10 un­der par, with nine holes of their third round still to play in the Se­nior Bri­tish Open on Satur­day.

Poor light sus­pended play, five hours af­ter the de­layed start to the round. The sec­ond round, sus­pended on Fri­day be­cause of rain, wasn’t com­pleted un­til Satur­day midafter­noon.

At that stage, Daw­son led on 8 un­der, a shot clear of de­fend­ing cham­pion Bern­hard Langer. Mont­gomerie was on 6 un­der along­side Fred Cou­ples, Jeff Sluman, Miguel An­gel Jimenez and Peter Fowler.

The late start to the third round, and with 83 play­ers mak­ing the cut, meant play be­gan on the first and 10th tees at Sun­ning­dale Old Course.

Mont­gomerie showed he meant busi­ness right from the start, birdieing the first three holes. Then he missed birdie chance af­ter birdie chance be­fore pick­ing up his fourth at the ninth, when play was halted in the gath­er­ing gloom.

“I had a great start, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to to­mor­row,” said the Scot, who wants to add his home se­nior ma­jor to the three he has won in Amer­ica so far.

Daw­son also birdied the first, then parred all the way to the ninth, where he also picked up a shot.

“This is just a sur­vival test now,” Daw­son said. “It was a long day, and it’s go­ing to be long again to­mor­row.”

The third mem­ber of the last group, Langer, also birdied the first, dropped a stroke at the fourth and missed a birdie chance from two feet at the ninth to stay in a four-way for fifth on 7 un­der.

Cou­ples, the cham­pion at Turn­berry in 2012, was at 8 un­der and in a share of third place with Ire­land’s Philip Wal­ton.

Wal­ton raced to the turn in 30 with five birdies. He dropped a shot at the 10th but picked up his sixth and sev­enth birdies to reach 8 un­der par, hav­ing started at 2 un­der, with one hole to play.

Tom Wat­son was five off the pace at 5 un­der af­ter carding 66. With him was Jeff Mag­gert, bid­ding for his third se­nior ma­jor of the year. Mag­gert still had three more holes to play.

More rain was forecast for to­day.

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