Kentuckians in contention at Crowne Plaza, Senior PGA Championship

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Heading into the weekend, Kentuckians dominated the leaderboards at two of golf's most popular tournaments. At the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial, Lexington native Josh Teater and former Wildcat Steve Flesch began third round play just a couple shots off the lead.

After Saturday's third round, Teater finds himself four shots back, carding a 1-over 71.

Flesch shot a 2-under 69 and is tied for sixth.

At the Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis, a couple of Paducah products playing together in the final group.

Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry are boyhood friends -- both played golf at Paxton Park Public Golf Course nearby.

Cochran held a one-shot lead to start the third round.

Perry had an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys, mixing spectacular shots with stumbles and doing enough of the right things for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke lead.

The 52-year-old Perry is close to an elusive first major championship in a career known more agonizing almosts -- in the 2008 Masters and 1996 PGA -- than his 16 total tournament victories and $34 million in winnings.

Cochran is searching for his second major championship. He won the 2011 Senior British Open. Cochran currently is at 7-under after shooting a 71 on Saturday.


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