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Golf Roundup: Rose extends his lead at Fort Worth Invitational

Reuters
May 26. 2018 10:36PM

Justin Rose putts in on the eighteenth hole during the third round of the Fort Worth Invitational golf tournament at Colonial Country Club. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)



Justin Rose birdied his first three holes on the way to a third-round 4-under-par 66 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead at the Fort Worth Invitational in Texas.

Rose, the world's fifth-ranked golfer, is at 14-under and leads Brooks Koepka (67) and Emiliano Grillo (69), who are both 10-under par.

Koepka appeared poised to challenge for the lead but ran into trouble on the par-5 11th with a costly double bogey.

Louis Oosthuizen, Jon Rahm, Ryan Armour, Corey Conners and J. T. Poston are all tied for fourth at 8-under par.

"I'm happy with the way I played," Rose told CBS Sports.

"It was nice to get going and to build up that lead. No one seemed to do too much behind me today so I felt like it was in my hands to get as far ahead as I could."

The only blemish on his scorecard was a bogey on the par-3 16th on another sweltering day in Texas.

Rose managed to stay composed down the stretch but admitted the heat was a significant challenge.

"I struggled toward the end," he said.

"It was so hot out there I really felt I was battling the golf course and my concentration.

"It was tough to finish it off in that heat today but all in all, happy to be in the clubhouse. A good day's work."

Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, will be paired today with Koepka, who won the U.S. Open last year.

"I don't think I can just rest on my laurels and shoot even par (today). I've got to go forward I think," Rose said.

"I'm going to go out and just try to be doing what I've been doing that last few days and executing my shots and go from there."

Petrovic, McCarron atop Senior PGA leaderboard

Tim Petrovic and Scott McCarron finished Saturday's third round tied atop the leaderboard of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at 13-under-par 200 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Petrovic, 51, stormed out with a 5-under 31 on the front nine before a pair of bogeys on the back nine at the two par-5s, 10th and 15th. Despite those setbacks - on holes he had previously played at 4 under for the tournament - he managed three more birdies to finish with a 6-under 65.

McCarron, 52, started the day with a share of the lead and was bogey free through 17 holes before a hiccup at the last left him with a 66 and again tied for the lead. He hit all 12 fairways on Saturday and has now hit 23 in a row.

Two strokes back in third is Englishman Paul Broadhurst, who engineered the low round of the day with a 7-under 64, which matched the lowest third-round score in the tournament's history. The 52-year-old got off to a scorching start with six birdies in the first eight holes before a bogey at the 12th and two more birdies coming in.

Two more back at 9 under is Miguel Angel Jimenez, who equaled Petrovic's 65 to tie for the second-best round of the day. The 54-year-old Spaniard - who claimed his first major title at the Regions Tradition last week - also got off to a hot start, birdieing the first three holes and the fifth. He added two more birdies on the day and remained bogey free.

Bob Estes, Tom Byrum, Jerry Kelly and Kevin Sutherland - who was tied for the lead through 36 holes - are tied for fifth at 8 under.

In 410 starts on the PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour, Petrovic has held a share of the 54-hole lead just once, when he tied for fifth at the 2009 John Deere Classic. He has never been in the final pairing at a Champions event, with his best finish being a tie for second at the Chubb Classic in February.

McCarron will be in the final pairing for the sixth time since the start of 2017, and he has gone on to win three of those tournaments. This is his first time with a share of the 54-hole lead at a senior major, as he looks to win his first.

Each time the PGA Senior Championship has been held at Harbor Shores (2012, 2014, 2016), the tournament has been won by a player who held at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

McIlroy, Molinari tied for lead at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy's challenge for the BMW PGA Championship faltered as the four-times major champion suffered an off-day and was caught by charging Italian Francesco Molinari on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman began his third round three shots clear of the field at 12-under but found the Wentworth course far less obliging and dropped three shots in his opening six holes before dragging his round back together.

McIlroy, who double-bogeyed the sixth hole, finished with birdies on 17 and 18 for a 1-under 71 to share the lead with Molinari at 13-under going into the Sunday's final round.

Molinari, 35, began the day five shots behind the 29-year-old McIlroy but produced a majestic 6-under 66.

After parring the first seven holes, Molinari produced a superb approach to the eighth for a tap-in birdie and followed that with another birdie on the ninth.

The putts continued to drop on the inward nine as he picked up four more shots, including a chip-in from the fringe on the par-3 14th, to move to the top of the leaderboard.

McIlroy was not done, though, and his fighting finish sets up what should be an intriguing final day at the European Tour's flagship tournament.

Molinari said patience had been the key on a day of tricky pin positions and zippy greens.

"It was a tough day and nice to see a clean scorecard on a day like that," he said. "I missed a few short puts at the beginning but stayed patient and the birdies at eight and nine kick-started me for the back nine."

Twenty-one-year-old Englishman Sam Horsfield, playing with McIlroy in the final group, struggled initially but also finished with two birdies to join a group of players on nine-under, including Swedish defending champion Alex Noren.


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