HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) -- Left out of the U.S. Open, Loren Roberts and David Gossett are making sure they have something to show for their short New York visit.
The Germantown, Tenn., neighbors topped the Buick Classic leaderboard Friday during the suspended second round of the last event before the U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park.
"This is going to have to be my Open," said Roberts, a stroke ahead of Gossett at 10-under 132. "This is an Open-style golf course, but nothing will take the place of not being able to play next week. I really had my heart set on playing there."
Roberts, three weeks short of his 47th birthday, followed his opening 64 with a 68, while the 23-year-old Gossett opened with rounds of 66 and 67 on the Westchester Country Club course.
Gossett, the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion who won the John Deere Classic last year to earn a PGA Tour card, birdied the final two holes to move within a stroke of Roberts.
"I hope we get paired together," Gossett said. "I was a junior golfer growing up watching him win on the PGA Tour and putt the eyes out of it."
The start of the round was delayed five hours because of wet conditions after 2.2 inches of rain fell on the course Thursday night and early Friday.
None of the 78 players in the late section finished, forcing them to return early Saturday. The last group teed off at 7:10 p.m. and finished only four holes.
Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to clean and place their balls in the fairways, possibly a factor in the completion of the round Saturday.
"It's a big advantage to get your hands on the ball," Roberts said. "Just moving it a club-length can make all the difference in the lie. If there's no wind, guys should really go at it."
Defending champion Sergio Garcia birdied Nos. 9 and 10 in fading light to join Stewart Cink, Jerry Kelly and Chris Smith at 6-under. Cink completed nine holes, Kelly eight and Smith six.
Retief Goosen, preparing for his U.S. Open title defense, was 5-under with seven holes left.
Roberts uncharacteristically three-putted twice in a three-hole span.
"I played as well as I did yesterday, but I didn't make quite as many putts," he said. "When I've won, it's been on a real major run with the putter. I'm usually not going to beat anybody with ball-striking. I'm going to do it with the blade."
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