Justin Rose of Great Britain will take a one-shot lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson into the final round of the Olympic Men’s Golf Competition at the Reserva de Marapendi Olympic Course in Rio.
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, delivered a brilliant third round 65 to take a narrow lead over Stenson, the reigning Open champion, in front of large and enthusiastic crowds in the Rio sunshine. Rose tees off last tomorrow standing at 201, 12-under-par, with Stenson’s hard-working 68 earning his second place total of 202.
Australia’s Marcus Fraser, who opened the competition with a course record 63 on Thursday, dug in hard to shoot a round of 72 to lie in third place on 204.
Rose, who bagged eagles at the third and fifth holes to soar to the top of the leaderboard, admitted it “felt great” to be in the gold medal position going into the final round.
“Obviously I felt like today was an important day. There were a lot of players in contention after yesterday and I felt like today could be a day to separate or at least keep some momentum and not give myself too much work to do tomorrow. Obviously, this tournament has been very, very special and very, very different for all of us,” he said.
However, the race for the gold, silver and bronze could run well beyond the final group. Major champions Bubba Watson of the United States (207) and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (208) will be chasing a low score to post a clubhouse target to test the leaders as the quest for gold intensifies.
Harrington matched Watson’s 67 to sit on the coat-tails of the leaders on 208 while a 66 put Finland’s Mikko Ilonen into the mix, also on 208.
Stenson’s compatriot David Lingmerth carded a 68 to jump 10 places up the leaderboard and into the penultimate group alongside Watson and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo.
Rickie Fowler of the United States shot a seven-under-par 64, the second lowest of the week, to climb 36 places into a tie for 14th on 210.
Malaysia’s Gavin Green and Danny Chia are in joint 51st place on six-over-par after rounds of 72 and 76 respectively.
Leading Round 3 Scores:
201 – Justin Rose (GBR) 67-69-65
202 – Henrik Stenson (SWE) 66-68-68
204 – Marcus Fraser (AUS) 63-69-72
207 – Bubba Watson (USA), David Lingemrth (SWE), Emiliano Grillo (ARG)