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Rose grabs four-shot lead at Cog Hill

Sept. 17, 2011 at 6:12 PM   |   Comments

LEMONT, Ill., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Justin Rose surged into a four-shot lead after three rounds of the BMW Championship Saturday, firing a 2-under 69 for a 54-hole total of 13-under 200.

Rose, who held the second-round lead with Mark Wilson, broke into red figures with an 11-foot birdie putt at the fourth and followed that up with two more, including a 25-footer on the fifth.

He's seeking his third career win after capturing the Memorial and AT&T Classic last year. Rose finished four strokes clear of Australian John Senden, who registered a 1-under 70 at the Cog Hill course in suburban Chicago.

Geoff Ogilvy (68) and Bill Haas (69) were tied for third at minus-8 and Webb Simpson fell into sole possession of fifth at minus-7 with a 2-over 73.

This weekend's tourney is the third event in the PGA Tour Playoff for the FedExCup and was reserved for the top 70 on the points list. If Rose were to win, he'd jump from 34th in the points race into third.

The top 30 golfers after Sunday's final round at Cog Hill will move on to the Tour Championship next week, with a $10 million FedExCup winner to be crowned then.

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