Clarke eyes Senior Open win, Appleby lurks

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Paul Broadhurst has carded a four-under par 66 in rough conditions to move into a tie with Darren Clarke entering the final round of the Senior British Open Championship at Gleneagles.

Broadhurst collected six birdies, against two bogeys, to finish Saturday's third round at nine-under 201 for the tournament.

It is the England native's lowest 54-hole score in a PGA Tour Champions major but the 2016 Senior Open champion is joined by Northern Ireland's Clarke, who's registered his lowest 54-hole score in any PGA Tour Champions major.

Clarke, who'd been the overnight leader by two shots, overcame successive bogeys on the 12th and 13th by sinking an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

He is bidding to join Gary Player, Bob Charles and Tom Watson as the only golfers to win both the British Open and Senior Open.

He had led after 36 holes last year but finished in third place behind winner Stephen Dodd.

"It would be pretty cool to have both of them sitting beside each other," Clarke said.

"I would love to win the Senior Open as well as The Open.

"(On Sunday) I give myself an opportunity again. I did it last year and I gave myself an opportunity. Felt like I didn't quite play well enough on the Sunday."

Broadhurst and Clarke hold a one-stroke lead over Jerry Kelly (67) and New Zealander Steven Alker (66), who's looking for his fourth victory in 2022.

Australia's 51-year-old Stuart Appleby is still in the mix too, tied for fifth on six under after a second-straight 67, alongside another high-quality trio of Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington.

Four-time Senior Open champion Bernhard Langer (70) is not out of it either at five-under.

"Just look at the leaderboard, some top names right behind me," Broadhurst said.

"I'm under no illusions, I'm going to have to go out and shoot a number tomorrow.

"I don't think the forecast is particularly good. I don't mind the wind and the rain is OK if it's not blowing but if you get both, it's brutal. But we'll see tomorrow."

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