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Parnevik closes in on first win in long time

SAN ANTONIO — Jesper Parnevik moved a step closer to his first PGA Tour victory in 6 1/2 years, shooting a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Texas Open.

The 42-year-old Swede had an 18-under 192 total on the LaCantera Golf Club Resort Course after opening with rounds of 61 and 65. He won the last of his five PGA Tour titles in the 2001 Honda Classic.

Parnevik had six birdies, with only two of the putts from more than 10 feet.

Fellow Swede Mathias Gronberg was 15 under after a 65. Texan Justin Leonard, the 2000 and '01 winner, was 14 under after a 64, and Ryan Armour (64), Daniel Chopra (64), Shigeki Maruyama (65) and Chris Stroud (64) followed at 12 under.

LONGS DRUGS CHALLENGE: At Danville, Calif., Suzann Pettersen chipped in from about 35 yards on the ninth hole for her second eagle of the round, and finished with a season-best 8-under 64 to take the third-round lead in the Longs Drugs Challenge.

Pettersen, the 26-year-old Norwegian who won the Michelob Ultra Open in May for her first LPGA Tour title and took the McDonald's LPGA Championship in June for her first major victory, had a 12-under 204 total for a one-stroke lead over Canadian Lorie Kane (67). Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (67) was another stroke behind at 10 under.

Pettersen matched the tournament record, last set by Jeong Jang in the first round in 2006. After an opening 75, Pettersen had a 65 on Friday and added the 64 Saturday for the lowest two-round stretch in the event's 12-year history (129).

SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP: At Timonium, Md., Loren Roberts shot a 3-under 67 and take a three-stroke lead over Fred Funk after three rounds of the Senior Players Championship.

Roberts bogeyed two of the first three holes, but rebounded to lengthen the two-shot lead he owned at the midpoint of the Champion Tour's final major tournament of the year. He had a 10-under 200 total on the Baltimore Country Club course.

Funk shot a 66, the best score of the day, and Tom Watson had a 68 to move into third place at 5 under.