Jim Furyk finally has some company at the top of the Barclays Classic leader board.

Irish star Padraig Harrington grabbed a share of the third-round lead yesterday, shooting a 3-under-par 68 to match Furyk at 9-under 204 on the sun-baked Westchester Country Club course in Harrison, N.Y.

Furyk, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had a 70.

"It's a long way to go tomorrow," Harrington said. "I try not to think too much about it and just go about playing my own game."

After Harrington, playing a group ahead of Furyk, holed a 30-foot birdie chip from the fringe on the par-3 16th to take the lead, Furyk regained a share of the top spot with a 9-foot birdie putt on the same hole. Harrington pulled ahead again with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th, and Furyk matched him, holing a short putt after playing his third shot out of the left greenside bunker.

* CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Purtzer is cruising right along again.

With the senior circuit's cart ban lifted because of temperatures in the mid-90s, Purtzer rode to an 8-under-par 64 to take the lead after two rounds of the Bank of America Championship. R.W. Eaks shot 65 and Mark McNulty shot 69 to sit one stroke back at the par-72, 6,728-yard Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, Mass.

Purtzer, who has a sliding disk in his back that acts up when he walks the course, bounced in a 9-iron from 147 yards on No. 7 to improve to 4 under, then followed that with consecutive birdies before making the turn.

Purtzer picked up two more shots on the 14th and 15th and had an eagle putt from the fringe on No. 18 before settling for the tap-in that gave him his low round of the year.

* EUROPEAN TOUR: Eduardo Romero shot a 1-over 72 and shared the lead with Jean-Francois Remesy and Jean Van de Velde after three rounds of the French Open in Versailles, France.

Romero, 50, enters the final round attempting to surpass Irishman Des Smyth as the oldest winner in European Tour history.