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Pernice leads at Buick Open

Pernice won his first of two PGA tour events here eight years ago, when he began the final round five shots behind Tom Lehman and beat him and two others by a stroke.

"I didn't really necessarily have many thoughts about winning when I teed off that day," Pernice said. "Really, Tom Lehman let us all back into the game."

While players such as Pernice and Parnevik joined the leaders, Brett Quigley plummeted a day after firing his caddie.

"It was just time," Quigley said of his mid-tournament decision.

Quigley's 3-over 75 dropped him into a tie for 32nd at 7 under after starting the day tied with Furyk and Perry.

His play might've rubbed off on his playing partner, Furyk, who bogeyed two straight holes on the front nine by pulling a 4-footer and lipping out from 9 feet.

Furyk missed a 4-footer at 18 to bogey, finishing at 1 under for the day. His streak of rounds in the 60s at the Buick Open ended at eight, equaling Woods' tournament record, but he extended his run of sub-par rounds to 36 at Warwick Hills.

"It was a terrible round, 1 under isn't getting the job done here," Furyk said. "I'm very fortunate to only be two back."

Quigley's collapse began right away.

He bogeyed the first three holes and four of five. At No. 9, his drive went behind trees and his third shot plugged in a bunker, setting up a double bogey. He made the turn at 5 over for the day and seven shots behind the leaders.

"After the three bogeys, I knew I had to press," he said. "I'm not entirely discouraged, though, because after a disastrous front nine, I was able to play really well on the back. Obviously, I'm going to need 9 or 10 under tomorrow, but at least I have some hope."

Quigley, who hasn't won on the PGA Tour, had the second-round lead last year at the Buick Open before a third-round 71 contributed to him finishing tied for seventh.

Divots: The third-round leading total of 13-under 203 is the highest at the Buick Open since 1998, when Billy Mayfair was 12 under en route to a win. ... Parnevik (64) had his best round on the PGA Tour since the final round of Bob Hope Classic last year. ... Verplank, 12th on the money list, won the Byron Nelson two months ago and was in the top 10 in his three previous tournaments - including a tie for seventh at the U.S. Open. ... Bateman is 204th on the money list this year, his sixth season on the PGA Tour.

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