Greg Chalmers in action today – image PGA of America

Australian Greg Chalmers has produced a third round of 66 at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor in Michigan and now has a share of the 54-hole lead with Ernie Els, the pair one shot ahead of Chris DiMarco and England’s Richard Bland.

Chalmers’s fellow Australian Richard Green is another shot back and alone in 5th place while Scott Hend is another shot back in a share of 6th place and only three shots from the lead.

Chalmers is in his first season on the PGA Tour Champions and this is his first major event at this level. He is playing his fifth PGA Tour Champions event, two of which he has finished inside the top ten.

Chalmers is a two-time Australian PGA and Australian Open Champion and won one event on the PGA Tour.

Chalmer’s round of 66 today was bettered only by Bernhard Langer’s 65 and it was enough for Chalmers to join Els in the lead and open the door for a significant win on the Champions Tour and open up permanent status there.

“It’s great. Yeah, look, this is the thing, I haven’t had this for so long,” said Chalmers. “This is the great thing about sort of Champions Tour golf. It feels like you’re part of a big event, which you are.

“So I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity. I need the challenge. I’m looking forward to see how I do tomorrow and how I play. See if I can embrace it with both hands and play some good golf.”

When asked how he might handle the pressure tomorrow after being so long away from this scenario Chalmers responded:

“Look, it’s relatively new me. Over the last few years I’ve been pretty much not dealing with that kind of stuff.

“I don’t know how much pressure is on me personally. I think there is a long way between now and when they hand the trophy to someone. There is a lot of golf that has to be played.

“You saw today how easy it was for people to fall down and back and up, so I’m not too concerned about that right now. I got to play good. Got to play some good golf. So I’m more focused on trying to do that.”

Green and Hend are within striking distance and for Hend he will be buoyed by the opportunity to win on his PGA Tour Champions debut and claim playing rights there.

Hend lost at the last hole of the New Zealand Open in March so has a game which is still reasonably competitive at the regular tour level but his length will prove a major benefit should he earn his right to play the PGA Tour Champions regularly.