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Two tied at ‘baked’ Barclays

June 26, 2005

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— Jim Furyk finally had company at the top of the Barclays Classic leaderboard after a hot afternoon at sun-baked Westchester Country Club.

Irish standout Padraig Harrington grabbed a share of the third-round lead, shooting a 3-under 68 Saturday to match Furyk at 9-under 204. Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open winner who was alone at the top after each of the first two days, had a 70 in the 90-degree heat.

"The greens definitely firmed up, got baked out," Furyk said.

"They were almost turning white at the end. Everywhere you stepped you could kind of see your footmarks, not because they were soft, but because they were stressed out pretty well."

Harrington, a nine-time winner on the European tour who won the Honda Classic in March for his first PGA Tour title, lost a playoff to Sergio Garcia last year in his first appearance in the tournament.

"I like old old-style, tree-lined golf courses like this," Harrington said. "It seems to really fit my eye well. I grew up on this style of greens."

Brad Faxon (66) and Brian Gay (71) were two strokes back at 7 under.

The 43-year-old Faxon, winless since the 2001 Sony Open, has only one top-20 finish in 16 events this year, a sixth-place tie in the Honda Classic.

Purtzer rides to lead

Concord, Mass. - Tom Purtzer is cruising right along again on the Champions Tour.

With the senior circuit's cart ban lifted because of temperatures in the mid-90s, Purtzer rode to an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday to take the lead after two rounds of the Bank of America Championship. R.W. Eaks shot 65, and Mark McNulty shot 69 to sit one stroke back at the par-72, 6,728-yard Nashawtuc Country Club.

Purtzer bounced in a 9-iron from 147 yards out on No. 7 to improve to 4-under, then followed that with consecutive birdies before making the turn.

Romero tied atop French

Versailles, France - Eduardo Romero shot a 1-over-72 Saturday to share the lead at 9 under with Jean-François Remesy and Jean Van de Velde after three rounds of the French Open.

Romero, 50, goes into the final round attempting to surpass Irishman Des Smyth as the oldest winner in European Tour history. Smyth won the 2001 Madeira Island Open at 48 years, 34 days.

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