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Sunday, Feb 07, 2016

'Rambo' Takes 2-Shot Lead At Buick Open


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.

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