Leonard ahead by four at Bob Hope

BY Fred Norks | US PGA Tour | 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic | Round Four | 20 Jan 2008

Texan Justin Leonard went one step closer to securing his second Bob Hope Chrysler Classic title after closing Saturday with a six under 66. The 1997 British Open champion goes in to fifth and final round with a handy four stroke lead.

Leonard began the day in equal second place and just one shot back from overnight leader, Robert Gamez. A birdie on the 13th hole gave him the outright lead at 20 under, he then went on to eagle the par-5 14th and closed the day with a short birdie on the 18th to finish at 23-under.

Despite his four shot buffer, the 35-year-old Leonard knows only too well how quickly the tide can turn.

“I think that the challenge for me and the goal for me tomorrow is to continue to play with the same attitude that I’ve played with the last four days: Hitting the ball close when I can, when I’m comfortable, and I’ve got a good yardage and club and everything. And there’s other times when, you know what, let’s just hit it 20 feet and give ourselves a putt at it.”

“So I think that’s my real challenge tomorrow, is just to go out and play with the same confidence and attitude and demeanor that I’ve played with the last four days.”

The strong Australian contingent continued to make their mark with Steve Elkington leading the fight at 18-under following a fourth round 67. The 1992 Australian Open champion is still well in contention on a course that has proven it can go low.

2008 USPGA Tour rookie, Brett Rumford, remained on track for the biggest cheque of his career after firing a 5-under 67 to finish in a share of 8th place. Matt Jones moved up fourteen places to T17 with a 66, while Robert Allenby wiped away his first round 73 with an 8-under 64 today, catapulting himself from T50 to T17.

With 11 PGA Tour titles to his name, Justin Leonard knows what it’s like to win and that will come in handy tomorrow in the heat of the battle. However, there are ten players within six shots who may beg to differ.

 

Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1   ↑T2 -26 D.j. Trahan United States 67 64 68 70 65 334
2   ↓1 -23 Justin Leonard United States 68 64 67 66 72 337
T3   ↓T2 -22 Anthony Kim United States 69 67 67 66 69 338
T3   ↓T2 -22 Kenny Perry United States 66 72 65 66 69 338
T5   ↑T17 -21 Chez Reavie United States 69 68 67 70 65 339
T5   ↑T13 -21 Ryan Moore United States 75 64 67 67 66 339
T5   ↑T6 -21 Steve Elkington Australia 66 68 69 67 69 339
T8   ↓T6 -19 Boo Weekley United States 69 70 62 69 71 341
T8 -19 Brett Rumford Australia 67 68 69 67 70 341
T8   ↑T17 -19 Charley Hoffman United States 68 72 71 63 67 341
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
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