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Kenny Perry makes moving-day charge at U.S. Senior Open

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Don’t look now, but here comes Kenny Perry.

Like a jet plane.

Like a locomotive.

Like a thoroughbred from his home state of Kentucky.

In Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club, Perry shot 64, the lowest round of the championship, to climb within two strokes of the lead. He started the day seven back.

Sound familiar?

At the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club, Perry was 10 back after 36 holes before finishing 64-63 to win by five over Fred Funk.

“When I stepped on the property here, I had flashbacks to Omaha for some reason,” Perry said. “This golf course, to me, feels similar. You’ve got to drive it long. If you can keep it in the fairway, that’s such a huge advantage here.”

Starting his third round on the 10th hole, he birdied six of the first seven holes and shot 28 (6 under) on the back nine. He added an even-par 36 on the front nine.

“I was thinking this could be the day, but I missed an easy one (8-foot birdie putt) at 18,” Perry said. “That really stung. That just took the wind right out of my sails. For whatever reason, I never got it close enough (the rest of the way).”

He did, however, serve notice that he is once again a big-time contender.

“It’s always hard to back up a really good round,” he concluded, “but I’ve done it. So I’ve got that on my side. I’ve got a little past history with that. It’s nice to get in the hunt, to get the feelings, get the nerves, get the opportunity to try to win a major championship.”

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