Defending champions Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh teamed up for a third-round 7-under 47, and will head into Sunday’s finale of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf with a one-shot lead.
Playing Top of the Rock, the lead duo finished with eight birdies against one bogey en route to a three-day score of 19-under par.
“I’m very happy to be leading. It was a tough day. The winds were swirling, have to get the club right and we made some putts,” said Singh.
“Carlos played really well on the back nine and I played really well on the front nine, so we ham-and-egged it a little.”
Steve Flesch and David Toms carded a bogey-free 7-under 47 at Top of the Rock to reach 18 under, good for T2.
“We just paired well together. I don’t think either one of us played great. We picked each other up out there,” said Toms.
“The alternate shot was a tough format this morning with a lot of high winds so you’re just trying to get a ball in play, get to a place where we can make pars and throw in a birdie here or there.
“So overall I think 7 under par was a nice score the way we started off with pretty high winds and a lot of downhill shots, hard to get the club. Overall, pretty pleased with it.”
The team of Paul Broadhurst and Kirk Triplett, who teamed up for a 6-under 33 at Mountain Top, were also at 18 under.
Playing the Mountain Top, Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer, winners of this event in 2009, shot a 5-under 34 to sit T4 at 17-under par, along with Miguel Angel Jiménez and José María Olazábal (33, MT).
“I said to Miguel that playing on the PGA Tour Champions here, he being the only other Spaniard playing on this tour, it’s great for me to be able to play with him as a team member,” said Olazábal.
“We do have great memories from the Ryder Cup and other events, and it’s always a great pleasure to play with a great player and a friend.”
Three back, and alone in sixth at 16 under, is the twosome of Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the Charles Schwab Cup.
TOP 10 LEADERS
1 Franco / Singh -19
2 Toms / Flesch -18
2 Broadhurst / Triplett -18
4 Lehman / Langer -17
5 Jiménez / Olazábal -17
6 Stricker / Kelly -16
7 Daly / Allen -15
7 Jobe / McCarron -15
9 Maggert / Parnevik -14
9 Maggert / Parnevik -14
9 Calcavecchia / Austin -14
9 Andrade/ Durant -14
“Got to beat everybody else, I guess. I’m just going to go out there tomorrow with him and play how — make as many birdies as possible and see what happens. That’s all we can do.”
– Vijay Singh
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