Couples (65-65) leads way at TPC Harding Park

Third Round Preview – Champions Tour – Charles Schwab Cup Championship – TPC Harding Park – San Francisco, California –

World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples reaches the first tee Saturday in round three of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with two-shot lead.

Couples, who carded rounds of 65-65 at TPC Harding Park, cruised through the first 36 holes to edge Peter Senior by two shots and take a 12-under tally into the weekend.

Bart Bryant enters the weekend in solo third place at 8-under and certainly within striking distance of Couples’ lead.

For Couples, he finished T-5 at this tournament a year ago when it was held in Scottsdale. But, he was a whopping nine shots behind the champion Tom Lehman. Although he has nine Top 10s this year, Couples is still looking for his first victory of the 2013 season.

Couples began the week behind Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry at as an 8-to-1 betting favorite. Couples also trails those two competitors in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings. Couples is 5th, while Kenny Perry is trying to hold off Langer to win the cup.

Langer, who has 17 Top 10s in 23 starts this year on the Champions Tour, is in fourth place at TPC Harding Park at 7-under. But, he will need a victory to claim the cup since Perry is T-11 at 3-under heading into the weekend.

Look for Couples to hang around but not necessarily be leading as we reach Sunday. The 72-hole  Champions Tour events tend to lend themselves to big swings in the leader board.

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  • The European Tour’s Race To Dubai is tightening up with just two events remaining after this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions. Henrik Stenson leads the standings followed by McDowell and Justin Rose. Stenson (T-58 at the moment) is trying to hold off G-Mac, who is solo third right now, and Rose (T-4).