Originally created 09/14/03

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HUNT VALLEY, Md. - Jim Dent is not giving in to his age or to the younger players on the Champions Tour.

"We get tired of getting beat," the 64-year-old Dent said after he fired 65 in the second round of the Constellation Energy Classic on Saturday.

The tour is generally dominated by players in their early 50s. Dent, however is 6-under-par for the tournament - one shot behind co-leaders Jay Sigel and Larry Nelson heading into Sunday's final round.

Dent, a native of Augusta, will be looking for his first Champions Tour victory since 1998. If he gets it, he would become the oldest player ever to win on the tour. Mike Fetchick was 63 when he won at Hilton Head in 1985.

Dent's seven-birdie, no-bogey round of 65 came in a steady rain that left the course soaking wet.

"That's a remarkable score under the conditions," said Nelson, who matched 70s with Sigel. "A 65 would have been impressive if anybody had shot it, but to do it at his age ..."

Dent had the lowest round of the day. He is tied for third with Des Smyth in a tight competition that has 19 players within five shots of the lead. Ed Fiori is alone in fifth at 5 under, with Tom Jenkins, John Bland and Doug Tewell another shot back.

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: The third round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., was postponed by rain, and tournament officials hope to complete the event by playing 36 holes today.

Several groups were on the course when play was suspended Friday. They finished their second rounds Saturday morning and then play was postponed for the day after more than a half-inch of rain fell and up to another inch was forecast for later in the day.

Tournament officials adjusted the cut line from 1 over to even par Saturday, trimming the field to 66 for the final rounds.

J.L. Lewis is at 12-under-par 130 after back-to-back 65s, two strokes ahead of Jonathan Byrd.

LANCOME TROPHY: In France, Retief Goosen shot an inconsistent 3-under-par 68 but held a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the Lancome Trophy.

The South African had a bogey on the last hole, leaving him at 17-under 196 with one round left in the $2 million tournament. He was followed by Ireland's Paul McGinley, whose 66 put him at 199.