Three late birdies give Roberts lead

June 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

EAST MEADOW, N.Y., June 28 (UPI) -- Loren Roberts birdied three of his last five holes Saturday for a 3-under 68 to hold the lead after two rounds of the seniors Commerce Bank Championship.

Roberts, the first-round leader by one, finished 36 holes at 9-under 133 to take a two-shot lead into Sunday's final round.

David Eger, who shot a 5-under 66, is tied for second place with former U.S. Open winner Scott Simpson (67) at 7-under 135.

At various points during the front nine Saturday as many as nine golfers shared the lead. Roberts got sole possession of the lead at the 15th when he sank a six-foot birdie putt to go to 8-under.

Roberts, who placed second last year, has three runner-up finishes in 2008, but no wins. His last victory came at the 2007 Senior Players Championship.

Last week, he held the 36-hole lead at the Bank of America Championship.

Denis Watson (67), Fulton Allem (67), Mike Goodes (68), Mark McNulty (69), Gene Jones (70) and defending champion Lonnie Nielsen (69) are tied for fourth at 6-under 136.

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