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 US Senior Open two shots behind leader Michael Allen.
Perry, who was 10 shots off the lead after a 73 Friday, figured he would need to halve the deficit to have a chance on Sunday. He posted nines of 32-32 and got some help from Allen, who went from 63 Friday to 72 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 PGA 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 two-shot lead to start the week, I would have been pretty thrilled to have it, I'm sure.’’
The 54-year-old Allen has been playing through neck pain. He rubbed the right side of his neck Saturday as he walked up the last two fairways. He saved par on the 17th but bogeyed No. 18 to set the stage for a dramatic finish.
Rocco Mediate, who was Allen’s closest pursuer at the tournament’s midway point, had bogeys on four of five holes in the middle of his round and sat five shots off the lead after a 72.
Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago, matched Corey Pavin for low round of the day.
LPGA — South Korea’s Hee Young Park shot a career-best 61 to move into the lead after the third round at the Manulife Financial Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.
Park was 10 under for the round and 20-under 193 overall, one stroke better than American Angela Stanford and two shots ahead of Scotland’s Catriona Matthew.
Park nearly chipped in on the 18th hole for an eagle before tapping in a short putt for her sixth birdie on the back nine.
‘‘I finished really well, finished [with] the birdie, so it’s going to be fun tomorrow,’’ she said.
Matthew (68) started the day with a three-shot lead on Stanford (64) but fell back with a double bogey on the par-3 12th. She followed with a birdie and got another stroke back with a birdie on No. 18.
Meena Lee of South Korea was three shots off the lead after a 65, while Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist shot a 67 and was five shots off the pace. A total of 21 players were at 10 under or better.
South Korea’s Inbee Park remained in contention after a 67, good for a ninth-place tie at 13 under. Park has won her last three tournaments and is trying to become the first golfer to win four straight LPGA tournaments since Lorena Ochoa in 2008.
PGA — Daniel Summerhays shot a 9-under 62 for a two-stroke lead following third-round play at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Summerhays, whose best finish on the PGA Tour is a tie for fourth, enters Sunday’s final round at 19-under 194 and in position for his first career win.
Summerhays notched 10 birdies while matching the lowest third-round score in tournament history.
Canadian David Hearn (64) is second at 17 under. Defending champion Zach Johnson held a share of the lead after each of the first two rounds, but he’s now alone in third after shooting a 67.
J.J. Henry and Jerry Kelly are tied for fourth at 15 under, while Nicholas Thompson leads three golfers at 14 under.
European — Henrik Stenson held off a resurgent Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open in Inverness by shooting a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
Mickelson was in a group of four players in a tie for second after making six birdies in his last 11 holes for a 66 Saturday. His performance has the American talking up his improving links game before next week’s British Open.
Branden Grace and first-round leader John Parry were tied with Mickelson after each shooting 66, along with J.B. Hansen (69).
Stenson, at 16 under for the tournament, has emerged from a prolonged slump.