Nissan Open: Sabbatini stays in control

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Rory Sabbatini made a 5-foot birdie on the 18th hole to finish the day with a four-shot lead in the Nissan Open on Saturday.

Nissan Open: Sabbatini stays in control

Los Angeles:

Rory Sabbatini made a 5-foot birdie on the 18th hole to finish the day with a four-shot lead in the Nissan Open on Saturday. Sabbatini shot a 67 and was at 14-under 199. Fred Couples had a 65 and was tied for second with Craig Barlow, who shot 67. A forecast for rain gave way to brilliant skies over Riviera, allowing for the best scoring of the week. Great recovery Couples, a two-time winner of the Nissan Open who dominated at Riviera in the 1990s, overcame his massive head cold with a 31 on the back nine. This left him in the last group with a chance to rekindle some of his past glory on the course off Sunset Boulevard. "If I can play a really good round, I can catch Rory," Couples said. "If he plays well, we're all done". Barlow overcame two late bogeys with a 15-foot eagle from just off the front of the green at No. 17, giving him an outside shot at capturing his first PGA Tour victory. But the roars belonged to Couples, one of the most popular figures in golf, especially at Riviera. (AP)

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