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DUTCH OPEN: England's Warren Bennett shot a 4-under-par 67 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer after three rounds of the $1.6 million Dutch Open in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

Bennett is at 11-under 202 heading into today's final round on the links course. He shot his second straight 67, making five birdies between the ninth and the 15th holes.

U.S. GIRLS' JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Chile's Nicole Perrot won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship on Saturday, beating Whitney Welch of Las Vegas 3 and 2 at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan.

Perrot, 17, made a curling 12-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole to take the lead for good.

STATE FARM SENIOR CLASSIC: After taking a day to get acquainted with an unfamiliar golf course, Bruce Fleisher played as if he owned it.

Fleisher made an eagle and five birdies Saturday, shooting a 7-under-par 65 to surge into a first-place tie with Jim Thorpe after two rounds of the State Farm Senior Classic in Hunt Valley, Md.

Fleisher, the U.S. Senior Open champion and leading money-winner on the tour, shot a 71 Friday during his first competitive round on the 7,031-yard Hayfields Country Club course.

Allen Doyle and Mike Smith shot 65s to join first-round leader Doug Johnson (72) at 138. Tom Kite, George Burns and three others were at 139.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: Ian Stanley of Australia shot a 70 Saturday to hold the third-round lead at the Senior British Open, with Jack Nicklaus in contention three shots behind.

Nicklaus, seeking the title for the first time, shot a 1-under-par 70 at Royal County Down. He is tied for sixth at 1-under 212 entering the last round.

"I hit a couple loose shots but I played very well," he said.

Stanley overcame a triple-bogey 7 on the eighth hole and was at 4-under 209.

Former champion Bob Charles of New Zealand and David Oakley of the United States carded 72s to share second at 210. John Morgan of England (72) and Russell Weir of Scotland (71) were at 211.

Nicklaus is tied with 1998 champion Brian Huggett of Wales, 1991 winner Bobby Verwey of South Africa and Simon Owen of New Zealand.

At the 1978 British Open at St. Andrews, Nicklaus won his third British Open title when he birdied the 16th and Owen bogeyed it on the final day. On Sunday, they will play together for the third time in four rounds.

Nicklaus had two birdies and two bogeys in the first four holes but birdies at Nos. 6 and 8 against a bogey at No. 9 kept him under par.

He missed a cluster of 15-foot putts and felt he gave away shots on the last three holes. He had two pars and a bogey at the 17th, where he hit a 3-wood into the water, the ball not bending with the wind as he had hoped.

"It didn't move," he said. "You play shots to do something and it doesn't happen. But you're the only person who can control it."

Second-round leader John Bland, the runner-up three times in the last four years, faded to a 76. He was four shots behind and tied with Dave Stockton, who returned his third straight 71.

Stanley said he needed to regroup after his seven at the eighth hole.

"But the ninth is a tough hole and I felt I could make par there and I did," he said.

He did not drop a shot on the back nine, making birdies at the 12th and 16th.

The biggest advance was by John Grace, a real estate salesman from Fort Worth, Texas, who shot a day's best 67.

Gary Player shot a 70, then echoed comments by Arnold Palmer on Friday that the British Open should be one of the four senior majors.

"To me this is the real major of the senior tours. This is the challenge of them all," Player said. "Unfortunately, America is being a little greedy in thinking they can claim all four. The Senior British Open is played on the best championship courses in the world."