Defending Champ Leads FleetBoston
Nelson fired a bogey-free 65 to take the lead through 18 holes of his title defense. At 7-under-par, Nelson is one shot clear of Allen Doyle.
Two-time FleetBoston champion Hale Irwin is tied with Mike Hill, Jim Thorpe and Dave Eichelberger for third place at 5-under-par.
The FleetBoston marked the beginning of a five-week stretch that consisted of four victories for the 2000 Senior Tour Player of the Year.
Nelson has won twice this season, but hasnt claimed a title since February.
Friday at the Nashawtuc Country Club, Nelson needed only 23 putts in recording seven birdies.
The 53-year-old said prior to the start of the event that he has been suffering from lingering neck problems over the past month. He withdrew from the NFL Golf Classic after an opening-round 77 on June 8. He hadnt hit a driver until Tuesday.
Such problems are nothing new for Nelson. In his first U.S. Senior Open, in 1998, Nelson had to withdraw due to a herniated disk near his neck. He was sidelined for seven weeks.
Next week, Nelson will seek a bit of revenge as the tour moves from Concord to Peabody, Mass., for the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.
Full-field scores from the FleetBoston Classic
DEFCON Tiger: Woods' Saturday lights Twitter ablaze
Tiger Woods grabbed the Tour Championship lead and the sports world by the throat Saturday, making birdie on six of his first seven holes in his third round and sending social media into a frenzy.
Here's a sampling from athletes, journalists and celebrtiies, and we'll start with two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.
.@TigerWoods I want whatever you had for breakfast this morning! This is insane— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 22, 2018
Tiggggeerrrrrrrr— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) September 22, 2018
Wow @TigerWoods is ready to go today!— Harry Kane (@HKane) September 22, 2018
Tiger just had his 6th birdie of the day on the 7th hole! pic.twitter.com/eqLFbpEbbG— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 22, 2018
Tv on Airplane. Oh boy !!!!— Ricky Barnes (@RealRickyBarnes) September 22, 2018
Tiger is going to win— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) September 22, 2018
Tiger on the loose let’s go! pic.twitter.com/AjMi5p7yym— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) September 22, 2018
5 birdies in 6 holes. Only one player is within 6 shots of Tiger. This is outrageous. pic.twitter.com/Ws6A5Neayo— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) September 22, 2018
Make that 5 under thru his 1st 6. Live look at Tiger walking to 7th tee pic.twitter.com/W7T0Kei1rB— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 22, 2018
Feels like 12, 15 years ago, happily chained to my favorite chair watching the field chase Tiger in a big event on a Saturday afternoon...few things like it.— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) September 22, 2018
Modern golf: Loud cheers, limited applause. Hands are occupied taking pictures and video with their phones.— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) September 22, 2018
Tiger has recreated himself again and his putter is hotter than fondue.— Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) September 22, 2018
Phenomenal to watch.
Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal
VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.
Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.
Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.
''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''
Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.
Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.
Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.
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Highlights: Tiger's seven Saturday birdies so far
Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.
Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.
Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.
One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.
He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.
He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.
He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.
Looking to make the turn in 29, Woods instead missed the green at the par-3 ninth, failed to get up and down for par, and had to settle for 5-under 30.
Following pars at 10 and 11, he started looking this approach up and down at the 12th, leading to his seventh birdies of the day.