Gene Sauers takes lead into final day at Boeing Classic

9:48 p.m. EDT August 27, 2016

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Gene Sauers took the Boeing Classic lead Saturday, two weeks after his breakthrough victory in the U.S. Senior Open.

The 54-year-old Sauers two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke lead over Joe Durant. The three-time PGA Tour winner had a 12-under 132 total at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.

“I just concentrated on hitting the ball solid, trying to keep it in the fairways and give myself opportunities just like I try to do every week,” Sauers said. “I had opportunities to make the putts and I made a few today, missed a few. I made a couple of stupid bogeys.”

Sauers birdied four of the last five holes, making three in a row in Nos. 14-16.

“Just solid playing,” Sauers said. “That’s what I’m going to try to do tomorrow.”

He’s playing through tendinitis in his left wrist.

“Coming in this week I was not too confident,” Sauers said “I played one time at home because of my wrist and trying to heal it. I didn’t know what to expect coming into this week. But I just won the…

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