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Old man Roberts leads Buick

By Associated Press
Published June 13, 2004

HARRISON, N.Y. - Loren Roberts left the kids behind in the Buick Classic.

The 49-year-old Roberts shot 7-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Cameron Beckman and Rory Sabbatini into the final round.

"Hopefully, I've still got some competitive fire in me," Roberts said. "I still think there's some golf courses out here on tour that I can compete on, and I think this is one of them."

He played the back nine in 5-under 30 for his best round of the season, closing with two birdies to top the leaderboard at 12 under in the final PGA Tour event before the U.S. Open this week at Shinnecock Hills.

Sabbatini shot 65, and Beckman birdied the final five holes for 66.

Tom Byrum (68) and Luke Donald (70) were 10 under, two-time Westchester winner Vijay Singh (71) and Padraig Harrington (68) were another stroke back, and 2001 winner Sergio Garcia (68) was 8 under.

Fred Couples, the second-round leader at 10 under after rounds of 67 and 65, shot 74 to join Masters champion Phil Mickelson (69) in a five-player group at 7 under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Allen Doyle, a first-round co-leader, shot 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am in Parkville, Mo.

Doyle had four birdies on the front nine and three on the back to move to 13 under. He was in position for his first victory of the season and his first since winning the Fleet Boston Classic in August.

Doyle had a bogey-free round until the 17th, but got the stroke back with birdie at No. 18 for a one-shot lead over Jerry Pate, who matched the course record with 7-under 65.

First-round co-leader Andy Bean (70), Mark James (69), Bob Gilder (68) and David Eger (68) were four back.

CURTIS CUP: Michelle Wie, 14, led a comeback that saw the U.S. team win five of six singles matches to take a 5-4 lead over Britain-Ireland in the biennial competition in Formby, England.

Wie and partner Brittany Lang lost their foursome (alternate-shot) match in morning play as USA fell behind 3-0.

"I was a little bit nervous at first, but after (now) I'm ready," Wie said. "I just putted a lot better and hit the ball a lot better this afternoon."

Wie, the youngest player in Curtis Cup history, is part of a U.S. team that doesn't have a player older than 22.

The Americans are trying to retain the only cup they have outright. Europe and British teams have the Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup and Walker Cup. The Presidents Cup ended in a tie.

EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: Miles Tunnicliff shot par to maintain his lead (three shots) at the Scottish PGA in Gleneagles, Scotland.

[Last modified June 12, 2004, 23:37:23]


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