Andrade leads Singh, Scott by one shot at Barclays
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Billy Andrade has been around too long to get excited about the 54-hole lead in the Barclays Classic.
History was made on the 18th hole at the Barclays Classic when four players (Paul Azinger, Craig Barlow, Ian Leggatt and Arron Oberholser) produced eagles. There have been 16 eagles on the par-5 18th through the first three rounds, already breaking the previous single-tournament record for this hole (13 eagles in 1990).
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"Ten years from now, sitting around having a beer, I don't think anybody is going to remember that I was the third-round leader unless I win this thing," Andrade said. "You're judged on wins and how you play on Sundays."
"It's nice to have the lead, but there's a lot of players that are right around that have a chance," Andrade said. "This is a golf course that all it takes is that one hole. That's where it can make or break you."
The 42-year-old Rhode Island player was part of a five-way tie for the 54-hole lead last September in the Deutsche Bank Championship, but closed with a 75 to tie for 15th -- eight strokes behind winner Olin Browne.
"I'm tickled to death to be in this position, but I know the way this golf course plays and I know the history of the event -- that it's always a dogfight," Andrade said.
Andrade, the 1991 champion who won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in Las Vegas in 2000, had an 8-under 205 total on the soggy Westchester Country Club course.
The wind gusted to 25-30 mph, difficult under any circumstances but particularly hard to judge on the hilly, tree-lined layout that features small greens that slope from back to front. The players did get a break when they were allowed to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairways for the third straight round after yet another round of showers Friday night on the water-logged course.
"It's very, very difficult -- and we're playing the ball up," Andrade said. "I can't imagine how hard it would be with the ball down. I anticipate we'll play it down tomorrow. It's blowing enough that it should dry it out."
Andrade holed out for birdie from the deep rough around the 13th green to reach 7 under, took the outright lead at 8 under with a 9-foot birdie putt on the 367-yard 17th and finished with a par on the par-5 18th.
He entered the week 169th on the money list with $132,378 and only one top-30 finish in 13 starts, a tie for 30th in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
"My results aren't the indication of how I've played," he said. "Tee to green has been great, but I just haven't been getting the ball in the hole and my results stink."
Singh, tied for the second-round lead with David Howell after a bogey-free 64 Friday, shot a 72. Scott, the first-round leader, matched Andrade with a 69.
Howell had a 73 to drop into a tie for fourth at 6 under with Brett Quigley (70) and Fredrik Jacobson (72). Ian Poulter (65) and Stuart Appleby (66) made big moves up the leaderboard to join Luke Donald (71) at 5 under with a round left in the final event before the U.S. Open next week at nearby Winged Foot.
Singh, the 1993 and 1995 champion, is winless in 21 starts since the Buick Open last July. He had three birdies and four bogeys.
"Overall, it was a rough day," Singh said. "I'm glad the way I finished. I finished with a birdie. I'm one back and I'm in good position. Hopefully, I can go out there tomorrow and shoot a good one."
Scott tied for fourth last week in the Memorial after finishing third in his previous two PGA Tour starts.
"It was very difficult out there -- heavy wind and a lot of blind shots and elevated shots to greens that you have to get up in the air," Scott said. "You've got to hit good solid shots to hold the line."
Phil Mickelson was 2 under after making five birdies and five bogeys in a 71. The Masters champion hit 13 of 14 fairways in regulation after going 8-for-14 in each of the first two rounds. "That's going to be critical next week," Mickelson said.
Poulter began the round tied for 70th at 1 over -- the cut line Friday.
"Not having much practice this morning after watching the England football, I was a little bit surprised to get it that way under par when guys were shooting quite a bit over par," the Englishman said.
Appleby was tied for 55th at even par before his bogey-free 66, one of only 16 under-par rounds in the 84-man field.
"I'm really not quite sure how I did it," said Appleby, a two-time winner this year. "It just sort of all added up that way."
Andrade and Quigley, both from Rhode Island, are the only U.S. players in the top nine. Quigley won the U.S. Open qualifier Monday at Canoe Brook. ... Defending champion Padraig Harrington, was 2 over after a 75. He opened with rounds of 74 and 66. ... Mark Calcavecchia birdied the final two holes for a 9-over 80. The 1989 British Open champion had three double bogeys, six bogeys and three birdies. He was 8 over for the tournament. ... The field averaged 73.345 strokes, up from 72.091 in light rain in the first round and 71.073 in calm conditions in the second. ... Loren Roberts, a three-time winner this year on the Champions Tour, was 1 over after a 73.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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