Roberts leads Buick Classic

Loren Roberts is lead the final round of the Buick Classic in Harrison, New York.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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Harrison, New York:American veteran Loren Roberts may have failed to qualify for the US Open, but finds himself in the outright lead heading into the final round of the Buick Classic in Harrison, New York. The 48-year-old shot a seven-under 64 and grabbed a one-stroke lead over Cameron Beckman and Rory Sabbatini after the third round of play on Saturday. Roberts failed to qualify for the US Open, which begins next Thursday, after losing a 10-man play-off for one spot last week in Summit, New Jersey. Slow play Meanwhile, it took the leaders nearly five hours to play the round on Saturday with nearly all the players reaching the par 5s in two and many trying to drive the two short par 4s. Because of the slow play, the players will play in threesomes in the final round with 11-minute intervals between groups. They played in twosomes on Saturday with eight- and nine-minute intervals. Fred Couples, the second-round leader at 10 under after rounds of 67 and 65, shot a 74 to join Masters champion Phil Mickelson (69) in a five-player group at 7 under. Couples had five bogeys and an eagle - a 60-foot bunker shot on the par-5 fifth. Two-time Westchester winner Vijay Singh shot a 71 on Saturday and was tied with Padraig Harrington at 9-under heading into the final round. 2001 winner Sergio Garcia was another stroke back at 8-under-par. Mickelson shot a 69 on Saturday despite a double bogey on the second hole and was among those at 7-under par through three rounds. Rory Sabbatini shot a 65, and Cameron Beckman birdied the final five holes for a 66 to tie for second place at 11-under par. Sabbatini made five long birdie putts - three from more than 25 feet - and holed a 22-foot chip on the 17th in his long round. Stumbling block Fredrik Jacobson stumbled on Saturday with a 3-over par 74. He was still well placed to finish well at 6-under par though. Tom Byrum and England's Luke Donald were 10 under. Donald finished the front nine with an eagle on the 9th hole en route to a 1-under-par 70 on Saturday. Ernie Els, the Memorial winner last week, was 4-under after a 72 Saturday. He's playing for the fifth straight week. Harrington shot his third straight round of 68 Saturday and was just three strokes off of the lead. (AP)

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