John Rollins caught up to Camilo Villegas again, and this time kept right on going until he finished off a 2-under 70 that gave him a three-shot lead Saturday in the Buick Invitational.
Rollins, who lost a share of the lead with a bogey on the final
hole of the second round, made up for that quickly with two birdies
in the first four holes to take the lead, surging ahead when the
Colombian struggled from the sand and on the greens.
The margin could have been even wider if not for three
three-putt bogeys by Rollins over the final seven holes, including
the par-5 18th that raised hopes of Villegas and a few others who
still need some help on Sunday.
Rollins was at 12-under 204, his first outright lead going into
the last round in his nine years on the PGA Tour.
Villegas capped off an ugly front nine with a double bogey when
his bunker shot sailed over the green, leaving him five shots
behind. He steadied himself for a 2-over 74, at least leaving him
Nick Watney had a 71 and was at 7-under 209, putting him in the
Paul Goydos nearly holed out a wedge on the final hole and
tapped in for birdie for a 72, putting him at 210 with Luke Donald.