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'Rambo' Takes 2-Shot Lead At Buick Open

GRAND BLANC, Mich. - GRAND BLANC, Mich. - Daniel Chopra's tendency to be wild off the tee and accurate from the rough led Todd Hamilton's caddie to give him a nickname at the Buick Open. "You're Rambo," he said. Rambo? "Yeah, you're lethal from the trees," Chopra recalled the caddie saying. Now, he has another moniker: Buick Open third-round leader.
Chopra shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to reach 16 under at Warwick Hills and take a two-shot lead into the final round. He made a 15-foot putt for birdie on the last hole after Dudley Hart bogeyed it to earn a cushion. "It makes my job a little easier, but not a lot," Chopra said. Hart (70), Bubba Watson (68) and Tampa native Woody Austin (69) were 14 under. "Luckily, none of the leaders went low," Austin said. "So there wasn't a big separation." Second-round leader Bo Van Pelt (73) was another shot back along with Kenny Perry (67), the highest-ranked player in a lackluster field that includes just three of the top 30 players in the world. CHAMPIONS: At East Meadow, N.Y., Loren Roberts had four birdies on the back nine and shot a 3-under 68, extending his lead to two strokes after two rounds of the Commerce Bank Championship. David Eger (66) and Scott Simpson (67) shared second at 7-under 135 in the $1.6 million Champions Tour event on the 7,082-yard Red Course at Eisenhower Park. PGA EUROPEAN: At Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, Spanish qualifier Pablo Larrazabal shot a 4-under-par 67 and held a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the French Open. Scores, Page 11
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