Peoples shoots 62, leads 3M Championship

BLAINE, Minn. — David Peoples matched his career best with a 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s 3M Championship.

Peoples, who twice shot 62 on the PGA Tour, made six straight birdies at the TPC Twin Cities to get to 10 under through seven holes, also birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 13 and closed with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18. Winless on the 50-and-over tour, he had a 14-under 130 total.

In nine previous starts this year, Peoples has finished better than 50th just twice and none better than 20th place. The two-time PGA Tour winner was third in the Minnesota event two years ago for his best Champions Tour finish.

Eduardo Romero was second after a 65, and Joe Daley was another stroke back after a 67.

Olin Browne (67) and Joel Edwards (69) were 9 under, and Lance Ten Brock (65), Tom Kite (67), Bernhard Langer (69), Mark McNulty (70), Chien Soon Lu and Peter Senior (71) followed at 8 under.

Defending champion Jay Haas was 12 strokes back after his second straight 71.

The course received an inch of rain overnight, further softening the greens. Fifty of 81 players broke par Saturday, one more than were in red numbers Friday.

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