Kenny Perry Still On Top After Three Rounds at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry have proven
they can handle the pressure on golf's biggest stage. Next up is
Sunday at Augusta National, a test unlike any other they have
Cabrera, who won the U.S. Open two years ago at Oakmont, made
three birdies on the back nine and scratched out an important par
on the final hole Saturday at the Masters for a 3-under 69.
Perry, who thrived under the spotlight of a Ryder Cup in his
native Kentucky last September, overcame two mistakes with his
putter around Amen Corner and finished with five straight pars for
a 70 to join the Argentine in the lead.
It will be the first time they've played in the final group at a
And not just any major.
They were at 11-under 205, the lowest 54-hole score at the
Masters since the course was supersized seven years ago. The back
nine at Augusta National is among the most intense in golf, and
officials are expected to set up the course to allow for birdies
and eagles.
"I'm lucky enough to be in a very good position," Cabrera
said. "I haven't been in this position before so I'll try to make
the most of it."
Perry lost in a playoff at the PGA Championship at Valhalla in
1996, when he was criticized for being in the broadcast booth
instead of keeping loose on the practice range. He never would have
imagined that all these years later, he would have a chance to
become golf's oldest major champion at 48.
"The first two days felt like I was on vacation," Perry said.
"Today felt like a job."
They had a two-shot lead over Chad Campbell, who led briefly on
the back nine until a blunder on the 16th hole when he took two
shots to get out of the bunker and made double bogey and wound up
with a 72.
Jim Furyk, another former U.S. Open champion, shot 68 and was
three shots behind.

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