(CNN) -- Jerry Kelly, playing his 200th event since his last US Tour win at the 2002 Western Open, opened up a three-stroke lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a third-round 69 on Saturday.
American Jerry Kelly looks poised for his first win in seven years after taking a three-shot lead in New Orleans.
The 42-year-old, who walked out of last week's Verizon Heritage tournament because of flu and a dislocated rib that left him with a painful back, goes into the final day on 13-under-par and has had only dropped two shots in 54 holes.
Steve Marino moved into second place with a 68, yet that ended with a bogey six after he came out of a greenside bunker far too strongly.
Fellow-Americans Charles Howell, John Rollins and Aaron Watkins, Australian Rod Pampling and South Korean Charlie Wi -- the first round leader --are joint third on 207 (nine-under-par).
A pack of seven more players on 208 include South Africa's Rory Sabbatini.