Sunday, September 18, 2011


Justin Rose leads by four strokes after the third round of the BMW Championship, staying on course to reach the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The Englishman, who carded a two-under par 69, arrived at Cog Hill ranked 34 in the FedExCup standings. The top 30 will qualify for Atlanta.
Rose, pictured, produced some daring shots to finish the round at 13-under par.
Australian John Senden was outright second at nine-under after recovering from a bad start to his third round.
Rose started the round tied for the lead with American Mark Wilson but, after back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth, had the lead to himself for the rest of the day.
His only miscue was a bogey at the 12th but he recovered with a birdie at 13 then held steady while his challengers failed to keep their composure.
Rose has vowed to learn from his previous experiences while leading on the final day of events, on the last day of this tournament.
Discussing how he will approach it, Rose said: "Just keep seeing good shots and keep playing one shot at a time. I don't think you can get defensive. A four-shot lead isn't really a big enough lead to waste holes."
The BMW Championship is the third of four events in the FedEx series involving the top 70 players in the standings.
The top 30 will go on to compete for a $10m (£6m) bonus in the finale, the Tour Championship in Atlanta, from 22-25 September.
Wilson's day went wrong with back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13 followed by a double-bogey at 16. He finished the day with a 77 to be tied for seventh with Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Brandt Jobe and Martin Laird.
Senden bogeyed three of his first five holes but picked up four shots on the back nine for a 70. Lurking a further shot back is another Australian, Geoff Ogilvy.
Par 213
Players from US unless stated
200 Justin Rose (England) 63 68 69.
204 John Senden (Australia) 68 66 70.
205 Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 69 68 68, Bill Haas 70 66 69.
206 Webb Simpson 65 68 73.
207 Keegan Bradley 71 66 70.
208 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 69 72 67, Luke Donald (England) 75 66 69, Brandt Jobe 75 64 69, Jim Furyk 68 70 70, Mark Wilson 65 66 67, Martin Laird (Scotland) 72 69 68.
216 Brian Davis (England) 74 70 72, Phil Mickelson 72 73 71 (T42)



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