BLAINE, Minn. — David Peoples got into the 3M Championship on Tuesday when Russ Cochran withdrew because of a back injury. Four days later, he found himself atop the leaderboard.
The 52-year-old Peoples matched his career best with a 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s event.
“It was pretty much a dream round out of nowhere,” Peoples said.
Peoples, who twice shot 62 on the PGA Tour, made six straight birdies at the TPC Twin Cities to get to 10 under through seven holes, also birdied Nos. 10, 12 and 13 and closed with an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
Winless on the 50-and-over tour, he had a 14-under 130 total.
Eduardo Romero was second after a 65, and Joe Daley was another stroke back after a 67.
The last time Peoples led going into the final round was the 1990 Buick Southern Open. Peoples has played 303 PGA Tour events and 50 Champions Tour events since his last win at the 1992 Anheuser Busch Classic.