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Originally published July 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM | Page modified July 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM

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Michael Allen leads U.S. Senior Open by just two strokes

Kenny Perry and Fred Funk each pulled two shots behind leader Michael Allen entering the final round of the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, Neb.Perry, going for a second straight win in a senior major, shot 6-under-par 64.

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OMAHA, Neb. — 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 U.S. Senior Open two shots behind leader Michael Allen.

Perry, who was 10 shots off the lead after a 73 on Friday, figured he would need to halve the deficit to have a chance Sunday. He posted nines of 32-32 and got some help from Allen, who went from 63 on Friday to 72 on 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.”

Seattle native Fred Couples was tied for 18th at even-par 210. Kirk Triplett of Pullman was another three strokes back at 213.

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 regular 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 2-shot lead to start the week, I would have been pretty thrilled to have it, I’m sure.”

Other events

• Calm skies and a near-perfect course gave every golfer at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., the chance to shoot a really low number.

Daniel Summerhays went lower than everyone else, seizing firm control heading into Sunday’s final round.

Summerhays shot a 9-under 62 for a two-stroke lead after third-round play. Summerhays, whose previous best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for fourth, enters the final round at 19-under 194 and in position for his first career win.

He had 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.

Ryan Moore of Puyallup is tied for 17th at 11-under 202 after shooting a 6-under 65.

Henrik Stenson held off a resurgent Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open by shooting a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round in Inverness.

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. His performance has the American talking up his improving links game before next week’s British Open. Mickelson is seeking his first win in Europe in 20 years and first in Britain.

Branden Grace and first-round leader John Parry were tied with Mickelson after each shooting 66, along with J.B. Hansen (69).

• South Korea’s Hee Young Park shot a career-best 61 to move into the lead after the third round at the Manulife Financial LPGA 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.

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