PHILADELPHIA (Pennsylvania): Justin Rose carded six-under-par 64 for a one-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele after the third round of the BMW Championship on Saturday.
Englishman Rose notched six birdies on the front nine before running off nine successive pars in perfect scoring conditions on the rain-soaked Aronimink course.
He recorded a 17-under 193 total, while Northern Irishman McIlroy (63) vaulted into equal second place with American Schauffele (67) on 16-under. McIlroy sank a 40-foot birdie putt at the last, while Schauffele bogeyed the same hole, missing a 10-footer.
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood (62) and American Rickie Fowler (65) were two behind the leader.
Tiger Woods did not capitalise on a birdie, birdie start, plodding to a 66 that left him five shots adrift.
Fourth-ranked Rose would move to world number one for the first time in his career with a victory unless either top-ranked Dustin Johnson or second-ranked Brooks Koepka, who share 33rd after three rounds, have a two-way share of second.
Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2018