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Rose on top of crowded Canadian scoreboard



Published: Sun, September 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



In Oklahoma, Cristie Kerr shot 61 -- the top single-round score on the LPGA Tour this year.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCASTER, Ontario -- Justin Rose topped the crowded third-round leaderboard in the Canadian Open, shooting a 5-under 65 in ideal scoring conditions Saturday on the rain-softened Hamilton Golf and Country Club course.

The start of play was delayed 2 hours, 5 minutes because of morning rain that further softened the already soggy greens on the 90-year-old course. Rain briefly fell again just after the last group started play on the cool day.

Always adapting

"You have to be adaptable with your game," Rose said. "You're always adapting."

Rose finished at 11-under 199, a stroke ahead of Bart Bryant (64), Trevor Immelman (66), Sean O'Hair (66) and Jonathan Byrd (67). Steve Lowery (65), U.S. Ryder Cup player Jim Furyk (67) and Brett Quigley (67) followed at 9 under.

Rose, winless in three full seasons on the PGA Tour, is best known for his dramatic finish as a 17-year-old amateur in the 1998 British Open, when he chipped in for birdie on the final hole to tie for fourth.

"It was an amazing experience. It gave me a feeling of what was possible with my game," said Rose, who turned pro the day after the memorable tournament and then went on to miss the 36-hole cuts in his next 21 events.

The 26-year-old Englishman had a breakout year in 2002, winning twice on the European tour and once each on the South African and Japanese circuits. He tied for fourth Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship for his best finish of the season.

Rose, who matched the professional course record Thursday with a 63 and was 6 under after a 71 on Friday, birdied the first three holes to take a two-stroke lead. He made a 10-footer on the par-4 first, hit a 158-yard approach shot to 2 feet on No. 2 to take the lead at 8 under and capped the run with a 17-foot putt on No. 3.

"It was a good confidence-building start, for sure," Rose said.

He parred the next six holes before hitting short-iron approaches within 5 feet to set up two more birdies on the par-4 10th and 12th holes.

LPGA Tour

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Cristie Kerr shot a career-best 10-under 61 Saturday in the second round of the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic, the top single-round score on the LPGA Tour this year.

Kerr's course-record 61 at Cedar Ridge Country Club in suburban Tulsa helped her take the lead over Annika Sorenstam, who is the only LPGA player to break 60 in a round. Sorenstam shot a 59 at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix in the second round of the 2001 Standard Register PING.

Kerr's previous best was a 62, which she shot last year in the first round of the Longs Drugs Challenge at The Ridge Golf Club in Auburn, Calif.

Three players have shot a 60 on the LPGA tour and five others besides Kerr have carded a 61.

Kerr started Saturday's round at 1 under, six shots behind Sorenstam, but she shot a 6-under 30 on the front nine and needed only 13 holes to surge ahead. After hitting a slightly uphill 20-foot birdie putt on No. 13, she waved her arm as if she was carrying a lasso as she approached the hole to retrieve her ball.

"When you're shooting a low round you just know everything is going to go in," Kerr said.

European Masters

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Bradley Dredge shot a 6-under-par 65 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds at the European Masters.

The 33-year-old Welshman, who was at 13-under 200, got a birdie and an eagle on the two par-5s on the back nine. He leads Marcel Siem (67) by two shots and Oliver Wilson (67) by four. Sergio Garcia (68) is fourth, a stroke behind Wilson.

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