Darren Clarke, Paul Broadhurst tied for 9 under at Senior Open

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GLENEAGLES — Scotland Darren ClarkeThe bid for a first senior major title was thwarted by the loss of his overnight two-shot lead at Senior Open. Paul BroadhurstFollowing the third round, Saturdays final round, the overall score was 9 under.

Broadhurst was able to catch Clarke by making a birdie on his last hole. Clarke posted a 4-under score of 66, while Clarke had a 69 at Gleneagles.

Ive been out there, and Ive played nicely every day. Ive given myself chance after chance. Clarke stated that he has made good putts. Ive played beautifully on 17 greens, and Ive hit 17 greens in the tournament. At least one player decided to play at the last.

Clarke lost shots on the 12th & 13th holes, but he kept his cool to keep in contention for another trophy.

He said, It would have been pretty cool to have them both sitting next to each other. I would love the Senior Open and the main Open to win.

Clarke and Broadhurst will face tough final rounds with New Zealands on Sunday. Steven AlkerAmerican Jerry KellyBoth senior major champions are tied for third, with only one player behind them at 8 under.

Four-time major champion Ernie ElsThree-time major winner Padraig HarringtonAt 6 under, there are three strokes off the pace Colin Montgomerie, Stuart ApplebyAnd Thongchai Jaidee.

Broadhurst stated, Just take a look at the leaderboard. Some top names right behind us. I have no illusions. I will have to shoot a number tomorrow.

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