Savannah, Ga. Defending champion Jay Haas shot a 3-under-par 69 Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead over Brad Bryant, Wayne Levi and Mark James entering the final round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.
Haas, seeking his second victory of the season, was at 7-under 137 after two rounds at The Club at Savannah Harbor. Bryant, who also shot 69, said the 7,087-yard island layout perfectly suits Haas.
Haas, with nine wins on the PGA Tour and seven on the Champions Tour, has never successfully defended a championship.
"It's there for me if I shoot a good score," Haas said.
Bryant had four birdies on the front nine and led by a stroke when he made the turn. But the wind came up and he struggled on the back nine, sandwiching two bogeys around one birdie.
Levi, who was three shots back to start the day, eagled No. 11, a 530-yard par-5 during his round of 68. James, the first-round leader, scrambled to a 71. Loren Roberts (68) and Tom Kite (71) were tied at 139.
Hale Irwin, the 2004 winner, eagled the first hole. But he bogeyed No. 2, setting the stage for an uneven round of 70 that left him tied with Tom Purtzer (72) at 140.