Singh,Woods, Daly bid for Buick title

Sunday, August 1, 2004

GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Vijay Singh had a lot of company at the top of the Buick Open's All-Star leaderboard.

The big Fijian shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over John Daly and a three-shot advantage over Tiger Woods into the final round.

"I think it's more exciting for the fans," Woods said. "As a player, especially at this event, you just have to go out and make birdies."

Woods shot a bogey-free 66, and still lost ground to Singh on one of the easiest courses on the PGA Tour. Woods was three shots back along with Carlos Franco (67), and Daniel Chopra (66) was another stroke back.

Singh and Daly -- who also had a 66 -- will be in the final group, just behind Woods and Franco.

"I was nervous about playing with Vijay," said Franco, coming off a victory last week in Milwaukee. "Then I looked at the leaderboard and saw I would be playing with Tiger. Now, I'm even more nervous."

Singh -- at 18 under after adding the 65 to his opening rounds of 63 and 70 -- has won the last six tournaments he has led after 54 holes. Woods has won three events when entering the final round behind by at least three shots.

Both have a chance to become the first to win multiple Buick Open titles in nearly four decades. Woods won at Warwick Hills two years ago, and Singh won in 1997.

This year, Singh has three victories and 10 top-10 finishes.

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