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Lee Trevino did not want this to happen: he opened the door a crack, a tiny crack.

And Jack Nicklaus came strolling through.Nicklaus punished the par-5's with an eagle and three birdies, took advantage of Trevino's lapse and took a one stroke lead entering the final round of the 11th U.S. Senior Open in Paramus, N.J.

Gary Player, who beat both Trevino and Nicklaus in the PGA Seniors earlier this year, is tied for second with Trevino and injured Jim Dent.

Nicklaus, winner of two of three previous starts among the seniors, played the long holes on the Ridgewood Country Club course 5-under par in the round of 67.

He has a 207 total, 9-under par, after three rounds and will be paired with Player in the last twosome on Sunday. Trevino, winner of five Senior Tour titles this year, will be with Dent just ahead of them.

"I'll have to play good, 5 or 6 under to have a shot," Trevino said. "I know him like a book. Jack will shoot 68."

Trevino led or shared the lead until he committed what he called "a dumb play" on the 18th hole. He put his second shot into a bunker and made the bogey that made Nicklaus the sole leader.

Trevino shot 73, one over par, and was at 208.

"I knew what I had to do, shoot 68 or 69. I shot 73," Trevino said and shrugged. "That's golf."

Player had a 68 that could have been better, and Dent salvaged a 72 despite a damaged index finger on his right hand.

Dent needed 15 stitches to close a wound sustained when he caught the finger in a door Saturday morning.

Miller Barber, the only three-time winner of the U.S. Senior Open, closed with a 67 and and was alone at 210, 6-under par. He was followed by Don Bies at 67-211.

"Gary and Lee and I can't get to playing each other," Nicklaus said. "If we do, Dent or somebody else can blow right past us."

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At Cromwell, Conn., Brad Fabel sank a 45-foot pitch shot for birdie on the 16th hole, highlighting a round of 67 that earned a tie with fast-closing Nolan Henke after 54 holes of the Greater Hartford Open.

One stroke back were Wayne Levi and John Cook, both with 67's on Saturday, and first-round leader Chris Perry, who had a 68. Eighteen players were within four strokes of the lead.

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And at Kitchener, Ontario, Cathy Johnston shot a 70 and increased her lead to four shots over Patti Rizzo and Patty Sheehan after three rounds of the du Maurier Classic championship.

Johnston, 26, was at 205, 14-under, in the second of the LPGA's four major tournaments over the rolling, 6,415-yard Westmount Golf and Country Club.