CASTLE ROCK, COLO. Tom Pernice Jr. considers Vijay Singh to be his best friend on the PGA Tour.
Today they will be foes, playing in the same twosome in the lead group at The International.
Pernice, a former Lee's Summit, Mo., resident, maintained his lead after three rounds at Castle Pines Golf Club.
Pernice, who carried a 2-point lead into the third round, emerged with a 3-point advantage over Singh Saturday.
"Vijay and I try to play together every Tuesday (in practice rounds)," Pernice said. "We always hope we'll be in the last group playing together on Sunday."
Some observers suggest that playing with a friend makes both players too comfortable, but Pernice disagreed, saying, "I personally play better when I'm more relaxed and less intense."
Pernice, whose victory in the 1999 Buick Open is his lone win in 10 full seasons on the PGA Tour, had five birdies and a bogey for 9 points and a total of 33 points. Singh fashioned a 12-point round that included seven birdies and had 30 points.