Couples builds lead at Charles Schwab Cup

SAN FRANCISCO — Fred Couples extended his lead to five strokes Saturday after the third round of the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Winless this season, Couples shot a 3-under 68 to reach 15-under 198 at TPC Harding Park.

Mark O’Meara was second after a 67. Defending champion Tom Lehman had the best round of the day, a 65, to join Bart Bryant and Peter Senior at 9 under. Bryant shot 70, and Senior had a 72.

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry was tied for seventh at 7 under after a 67. Bernhard Langer, needing a victory and help to catch Perry, also was 7 under after a 71.

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