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Boros, Smith Shoot 65s, Share Lead At Vancouver

August 25, 1996

SURREY, British Columbia (AP) _ Taylor Smith and Guy Boros emerged from their own private tournament Saturday afternoon to find themselves atop the leaderboard in the Greater Vancouver Open.

Boros and Smith, shooting matching scores for the third day in a row, fashioned 6-under-par 65s Saturday and completed 54 holes at 12-under 201.

``I just had a blast out there today,″ said Smith, 28, who has won just $55,229 this year and for the first time carried a lead into the final round of a PGA Tour event.

``I was watching the leader board and every time I looked back, Guy was hitting the birdies right and left. So I knew I had to stay aggressive,″ Smith said.

Boros had much the same view.

``Taylor just kept hitting birdies, so I was pretty lucky that on the front side that I was able to keep up with him,″ Boros said. ``On the back side, I struggled a bit coming in.″

Boros, Smith and Lee Janzen posted rounds of 71 and 65 the first two rounds, but Janzen didn’t keep pace on Saturday. He shot a 66 that left him a stroke back of the co-leaders heading into the final round over the 6,817-yard Northview Golf and Country Club course.

Janzen was three shots clear of the remainder of the field. Mike Weir, the top Canadian in the field, shot a 65 and was joined at 205 by Scott Dunlap and Andrew Magee, who had 67s.

Boros, son of the late former U.S. Open winner Julius Boros, started the day with 17-foot birdie putt on No. 1 and went on to record five more birdies. He eagled the par-5, 506-yard 12th by dropping a 30-foot putt.

Smith spent three seasons on the Nike Tour before qualifying for the PGA Tour in 1995. On Saturday, his round included eight birdies, the last a tap-in at the par-5 15th.

Curtis Strange, a two-time U.S. Open champion, shot a 66 and headed a group at 7-under 206. Left-hander Russ Cochran and Pete Jordan had 67s, Mike Brisky a 68 and Emlyn Aubrey a 70.

Kenny Perry, who lost the PGA Championship in a playoff to Mark Brooks earlier in the month, shot a 68 for 208, seven back of the co-leaders.

Brad Faxon, who needed Friday’s round of 65 just to make the cut, lost ground with a 70 on Saturday that left him at 211. Former Masters champion Sandy Lyle, also in reach of the lead after a second-round 66, had a 1-over 73 Saturday to join Faxon at 2-under.

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