Gene Sauers watches his putt on the 15th green during the final round of the Senior PGA Championship golf tournament at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., Sunday, May 29, 2016. Gene Sauers finished tied for 14th place with a score of 9 under
Robert Franklin
August 26, 2016

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) U.S. Senior Open champion Gene Sauers eagled the par-5 18th hole Friday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the Boeing Classic lead with Kirk Triplett.

Coming off his breakthrough victory two weeks ago in Ohio, the 54-year-old Sauers played the four par-5 holes in 5 under with the eagle and three birdies. He won three times on the PGA Tour.

Kirk Triplett had five- and four-hole birdie streaks at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Also 54, he followed a bogey on the 11th - his second hole of the day - with five straight birdies and added a birdie on 18. On his second nine, he bogeyed the third, then ran off four in a row.

Triplett won the American Family Insurance Championship in June in Wisconsin for his fifth victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Duffy Waldorf and Stephen Ames were a stroke back.

Waldorf also had five straight birdies, from the 15th to the first. He won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his second senior title after winning four times in the PGA Tour. Ames played the final six holes in 6 under.

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