Larry Mize has been having flashbacks, and he likes the feeling.
Back on the course where he won what was then the Danny Thomas Memphis tournament three years ago, Mize shot a four-under-par 68 Saturday to move into a tie for the lead in the Federal Express St. Jude tournament at Memphis, Tenn.
“It definitely gives you a good feeling anytime you go back to where you played well,” Mize said. “I like the golf course, and that helps you psychologically.”
Mize’s total of 211 for three rounds on the 7,282-yard Colonial Country Club course, pulled him into a tie with Howard Twitty (73), Mike Hulbert (68) and Gary Koch (69).
Mize made three birdies on the front side but had to scramble for pars on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes. He finished with an eight-foot birdie putt on 18.
Payne Stewart, who began the day three strokes behind Twitty, birdied the first three holes to take the lead. But he bogeyed No. 4, then made two bogeys and a birdie on the back nine to finish with a 71 and a total of 212.
Woody Blackburn had a hole in one on the 191-yard fifth hole, and Gene Elliott aced the 176-yard third hole.
Cathy Kratzert shot a seven-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $200,000 LPGA Rail Charity tournament at Springfield, Ill.
Kratzert, sister of PGA veteran Bill Kratzert, closed with an eagle, two pars and a birdie to take her first lead ever on the LPGA tour.
“If I could, every day I play golf would be like this,” said Kratzert.
Susie McCallister was in second place with a 66, her best tournament round since she shot a 65 in this tournament in 1982. Connie Chillemi, Judy Dickinson and Kathy Postlewait were tied for third at 67.
Bob Charles, the left-hander from New Zealand, shot a six-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead through two rounds of a $200,000 PGA Senior tournament at Lexington, Ky.
Miller Barber and Gene Littler shot 63s to break the Griffin Gate Country Club record by two shots. Barber trailed Charles by one stroke, and Littler was tied with Jimmy Powell (69) and Bob Goalby (67), two shots back.