Defending champs Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco take the lead in Champions Tour team event

Defending champs Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco take the lead in Champions Tour team event

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2008: Vijay Singh With reigning world No. 1 Tiger Woods recovering from knee surgery, Singh won two of the first three FedEx Cup events and mathematically clinched the title before even arriving at East Lake. The result led to a revamped points system, where no one can clinch the title before the final event.
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RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco took the third-round lead Saturday in the windy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Singh and Franco shot a 7-under 47 in wind gusting to 20 mph on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to get to 19-under 145, a stroke ahead of the teams of David Toms-Steve Flesch and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett.

Toms and Flesch also shot 47, and Broadhurst and Triplett had a 33 on the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course. The teams will finish play Sunday at Top of the Rock, again playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

Singh and Franco are trying to become the first to successfully defend a title since Jim Colbert and Andy North in 2001. Singh won the Toshiba Classic in March for his first individual senior title.

Flech won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic last week in Georgia for his first senior victory.

Tom Lehman and Bernhard Langer had a 34 at Mountain Top to join Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal at 17 under. Jimenez and Olazabal had a 33 at Mountain Top.

Wisconson neighbors Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were 16 under after a 48 at Top of the Rock.

John Daly and Michael Allen, the second-round leaders after a 46 at Top of the Rock, had a 37 at Mountain Top to drop into a tie for seventh at 15 under.


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