Perry takes Senior PGA lead into final round -

Perry takes Senior PGA lead into final round

ST. LOUIS – Kenny Perry has been here before, and been crushed by disappointment. Whatever happens in the final round of the Senior PGA Championship, he plans on leaving with his head held high.

If his two-stroke lead over two-time champion Jay Haas doesn't hold up Sunday, Perry said, ''It's not going to be the end of the world.''

''I played beautifully for three rounds,'' Perry said. ''I'm just going to go out there and play like I did, and point and shoot.''

The 52-year-old Perry is close to his first senior major title in a career known more for agonizing almosts in the 2009 Masters and 1996 PGA than his 16 total tournament victories and $34 million in winnings. He was at 10 under at Bellerive Country Club, which held up fine after a rain delay of more than two hours before the last twosome of Perry and Russ Cochran teed off.

Perry is the lone player in the field to break 70 all three rounds, capitalizing on booming drives and finesse. On Saturday, he chipped in from about 30 feet from an awkward lie for an eagle on No. 4.

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