David Toms in 3rd place heading into Sunday of U.S. Senior Open

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Former LSU star and defending champion David Toms heads into the final round of the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday in third place at 11-under par and six shots behind leader Steve Stricker (-18).

Toms fired a first round 62 (-8) that tied the U.S. Senior Open record for lowest round in championship history alongside Loren Roberts, Kirk Triplett, and Brandt Jobe. Toms needed only 24 putts on the round that included a championship record 10 birdies in a single round at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

In round two, Toms shot a 3-under 67 that included six birdies, nine pars, and three bogeys. He followed that up with a 70 on Saturday that gave Stricker the cushion.

“It just wasn’t very good golf,” Toms said in an ESPN report. “I was proud of the way I hung in there, got the ball up-and-down quite a few times today. I felt like I was in between clubs all day and I was either trying to hit one too hard, too easy, work it one way or the other, and I just never pulled off the shots.”

Toms and Bob Estes tee off at 2:14 p.m. CT on Sunday with Stricker and Jerry Kelly to follow 11 minutes later.

Toms won last yearโ€™s U.S. Senior Open Championship in his second year on the PGA Champions Tour. It was his first win on the 50-year-old plus tour and marked his first professional with since he won the last of his 13 PGA Tour titles in 2011 at the Colonial.

Toms spend 15-plus years on the PGA Tour and won one major in 2001 โ€“ PGA Championship. He was in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 175 weeks between 2001 and 2006 and ranked as high as fifth in 2002 and 2003.

According to his bio for the David Toms Academy, he โ€œbegan his golfing career in Shreveport, La. as a teenager. He graduated from Airline High School in Bossier and then moved on to play collegiate golf for the Tigers where he earned All-American honors. Toms turned professional in 1989 and grabbed his first PGA Tour event victory in 1997 with the Quad City Classic.

โ€œToms gained three more titles during the 1999-2000 season, and nine top-10 finishes in 2001, three of which were victories and one being his first major at the PGA Championship in Atlanta.โ€

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