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Gilder Leads Nelson Lurking Yet Again

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Bob Gilder scorched the back nine of the Crandon Park Golf Club Saturday to grab the outright lead entering the final day of the Royal Caribbean Classic.
 
Gilder, a rookie on the Senior PGA Tour this year, carded +15 points on this second day, 12 of which came on the back nine. Through 36 holes, he has accumulated +22 points, and leads outright over the rest of the field.
 
Many good players are not far behind, however. In fact, nine are within five points of Gilder's lead. And the two whom are closest to the 50-year-old are dangerous golfers indeed. Tom Kite and 2000 Senior Player of the Year Larry Nelson sit on +21 points, just one off the pace. John Jacobs and Leonard Thompson are two back at +20.
 
Nelson won the opening event of the year, the MasterCard Championship, which came off a season that saw him take six titles over its duration. He has got to be a favorite entering Sunday.
 
Nevertheless, Bob Gilder seems comfortable with his game. And he's playing great golf.
 
His torrid scoring over the back side came complements of four birdies and an eagle, offset by just one bogey at the par-3 17th. Of course, the format of play at this event is under the Modified Stableford nature, whereby double-eagles count for eight points, eagles count for five points, birdies are good for two and pars are worth no score. A bogey counts as minus-one point, and minus-three is the score for anything worse than that.
 
Therefore, the aggressive player is always rewarded.
 
Bruce Fleisher knows a little something about playing well at this event. Not only is he the defending champion, but he also was the defending champ last year. Should he win this week's event, he will become only the sixth man to win an event on the Senior Tour three years in a row.
 
He made a decent charge on Saturday, recording +10 points to be at +14 for the tournament. At eight points behind the leaders, he is certainly not out of it. He will without doubt need a great round of golf tomorrow, however.
 
Yet, with eagles counting for a full five points, you can bet that Flash is well aware that he still has a chance.
 
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