Roberts Survives to Lead Another Day


Senior British OpenTURNBERRY, Scotland -- Loren Roberts carded the lone round in red figures Saturday, posting a 1-under 69 to move to 11-under-par 199 for A four-shot lead through three rounds of the Senior British Open.
The third round was played in wet and windy conditions that sent scores soaring as 13 players carded rounds in the 80s.
Eduardo Romero stumbled to a 3-over 73 in round three to fall four strokes behind Roberts at 7-under-par 203. Tim Simpson is alone in third place at 5-under-par 205 after a 2-over 72.
Dick Mast managed an even-par 70, the only other round of par or better on Saturday. He shares fourth place at two-under-par 208 with Gil Morgan (75), David Edwards (76) and Craig Stadler (77). They are the final players under par for the championship.
Roberts tripped to a bogey on the third to fall to minus-9. That was his first bogey of the week, but not his last of the round. He bounced right back with a birdie on No. 4 at the Ailsa Course at Westin Turnberry Resort.
The 2005 JELD-WEN Tradition winner eagled the par-5 seventh to climb to 12 under par. Roberts gave a stroke back with a bogey on the par-4 eighth.
Roberts moved back to minus-12 thanks to a birdie on the par-3 11th. He tripped to the third bogey of his round on the 13th, before carding pars on the final five holes of his round.
'We've got 18 holes to go, so I don't really want to think about it really,' Roberts stated. 'I've had a nice career on the tour, but to win this championship, I just think it would be a feather in my cap. I could feel like I've been fulfilled.'
Romero went bogey-birdie on Nos. 2 and 3, then parred his next five holes to remain at 10 under. Romero bogeyed the ninth, but got that stroke back with a birdie at 11.
The 52-year-old Argentine struggled to back-to-back bogeys from the 14th to slide to 8 under. Romero gave another stroke back as he bogeyed the last to fall four behind Roberts.
'It was a terrible day with the weather,' Romero explained. 'I am second, four behind, but if the weather continues like this tomorrow then four shots is nothing. A 73 is a good score today. I am not angry, but I am not happy. Loren played really good and he is one of the best putters in the world.'
Tommy Nakajima stumbled to a 4-over 74 that dropped him to even-par 210. He is alone in eighth place, while Don Pooley is one stroke further back after a 72 on Saturday.
Peter Jacobsen, who shared the lead after the opening round, faltered to a 7-over 77 to drop to 2-over-par 212. He stands alongside Mark James (75) and Tom Kite (74) in 10th place.
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