SONOMA, Calif., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Tom Kite battled through heavy rain and cold Saturday for an even-par 72 and the third-round lead of the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
In the tour's final event, Kite, 54, is 10-under 206 and two ahead of second-place Jose Maria Canizares.
Canizares had a 2-under 70 Saturday and is at 208. Hale Irwin, who holds a 39-point lead over Craig Stadler in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup and its $1 million, tax-free annuity, shot a 74 tostand third at 209.
With Sonoma Golf Club playing so difficult because of the rain and wind, no player threatened Kite's lead.
"I drove it a little better today than I did yesterday, or it would have been a long, long day," said Kite.
Kite has only one victory this season, but has 12 top-10s. A victory Sunday would be his eighth since joining the seniors in 2000.