CROMWELL, Conn., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Justin Rose shot only an even par 70 Saturday, but maintained his lead at the Buick Championship at Cromwell, Conn.
After 54 holes, Rose is 12-under-par 198, one shot better than 2003 British Open winner Ben Curtis, who stands at 11-under 199.
Rose began the day with a four-shot advantage, courtesy of a 7-under 63 in Friday's second round.
A group of four players -- defending champion Woody Austin, Jerry Kelly, Corey Pavin and little-known Tjaart Van der Walt -- is tied for third at 8-under-par 202. Darron Stiles (63) sits alone in fourth at 7-under 203.
Michael Putnam, who turned professional this week instead of playing in the U.S. Amateur, struggled to a one-over 71 and shares 10th place at 5-under-par 205 with Darren Clarke, Brad Faxon, Spencer Levin, Spike McRoy and Nick Watney.
The tournament's purse is $4,300,000. The winner's share is estimated at $774,000.