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After two stellar rounds, Tom Kite dropped six shots in a five-hole span to lose touch with the leaders. (Getty Images)

Notebook: Moving Day mistakes move Kite down board at Senior PGA

Instead of setting himself up for a run at his first senior major title, Tom Kite unexpectedly slipped back into the pack. Plus, Mike Goodes shows he's plenty good enough, and more.

PARKER, Colo. (AP) -- Tom Kite made a move in his round Saturday, just not the one he had in mind. In fact, this may have dealt him a serious jolt to his title aspirations.

After moving to 7 under following a birdie on the third hole, Kite began to implode, dropping six shots over the next five holes to lose touch with the leaders. He finished his round with a 79 to drop him to 1 over for the tournament. This after carding two straight rounds of 69.

Soon after finishing up his round, Kite preferred not to talk.

"You want to talk to the leaders," he quipped.

Kite is attempting to become the oldest golfer to win the Senior PGA Championship since the Champions Tour began in 1980. Hale Irwin currently has that distinction, winning the event in 2004 when he was just three days shy of his 59th birthday.

This didn't help.

"Tom Kite is almost 61 years old and to me it's amazing how well he plays and how far he still hits it," said Lehman, who played in the same group as Kite. "He didn't have his best day today, but he's a great competitor."

GOODES & PLENTY: Mike Goodes became a professional only two years ago when he turned 50, wanting to see if he had the game to play with the big boys of golf.

Heading into Sunday, he's keeping pace. Goodes is 4 under for the tournament and tied for third place after a solid round of 70 on Saturday.

"I made a lot of good pars and putted the ball really well. That saved my round," said Goodes, who won the North Carolina Amateur in 1989 and 2006.

Away from the course, Goodes is co-owner of a plastic recycling company in Reidsville, N.C. His partner is holding down the fort while he's at the Colorado Golf Club this week.

"I'm semiretired from that anyway," Goodes said, grinning.

Leaving more time for, what else, golf.

"I'm just like thousands of other pretty good players who turn 50 and want to see if they can play," Goodes said.

GET A GRIP: For 20 minutes, David Frost stared at golfing great Tom Watson hitting shots on the driving green, looking for any tips he could borrow and incorporate into his own game. Turns out, he picked a good swing model.

After watching Watson strike one crisp shot after another, Frost tried to emulate Watson's hand positioning on the club. That tiny change helped Frost shoot a course-record 7-under 65 on Saturday.

"Unbeknownst to him, I did learn something from him," said Frost, a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour. "I picked up a little grip change that I thought I should do. ... I noticed his left hand is nice and strong on the golf club. I fiddled with my left hand and fiddled with my right hand. So, I made it a little stronger."

Frost was up for just about anything, especially after shooting a 77 on Friday. He never expected such instant results.

Frost carded seven birdies on a rather calm morning, allowing him to sneak his way back into the tournament as he sits at 2 under heading into the final 18 holes.

"Going out today you have nothing to lose," the South African said. "You do know the golf course a little better, and so your attitude definitely changes a little bit. But you don't want to go out there and freewheel too much."
 

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