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Saturday 1 October 2016

Rose leads in New Orleans

Justin Rose (inset), who birdied his first three holes, surged into a tie for the lead with Australian Jason Day at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the third round was finally completed yesterday.

Rose fired a sizzling seven-under-par 65 on a receptive, rain-softened layout in Avondale, Louisiana where thunderstorms disrupted play for the first three days, finishing level with Day (68) at 16-under 200.

Americans Blayne Barber (64) and Daniel Berger (68) were at 15 under, with Canada's David Hearn (67), New Zealander Danny Lee (68) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (68) a further stroke back in a three-way tie for fifth.

Former US Open champion Rose, a runner-up at the Masters this month, piled up seven birdies in a flawless display to hold the clubhouse lead at TPC Louisiana before being joined by Day.

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