Rose takes 2-shot lead


Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. — Justin Rose refused to let a cold, windy day in the desert cool off his game, shooting a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead through three rounds of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

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Justin Rose, of England, watches his tee shot on the second hole on the Palmer Course at PGA West during the third round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in La Quinta, Calif., Friday.

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Rose, who grew up in England, went to 18-under 198 during a round when the weather in the usually warm resort area resembled a chilly day at the British Open. Afternoon temperatures dipped into the low 50s, with swirling wind adding to the chill.

Scott Verplank, tied with Rose heading into the third round of the five-day event, shot a 68 to drop to second.

The four courses used for the first four days of the Hope generally yield extremely low scores, but conditions kept scoring more pedestrian during the third round.

Bernhard Langer was a notable exception, with his 9-under 63 vaulting him into a tie for 13th at 10 under. He highlighted his round at Bermuda Dunes with an ace, knocking a 7-iron into the cup on the 170-yard seventh.

The 26-year-old Rose, who was born in Johannesburg and lives in London, had an eagle, five birdies and a bogey at PGA West.

Phil Mickelson, the 2002 and 2004 Hope champion, had a 69 at the tournament host Classic Club. He was 7 under with 36 holes remaining in his season debut.

SENIORS

Brad Bryant shot a 9-under 63 in the Champions Tour's season-opening MasterCard Championship to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Loren Roberts and Ben Crenshaw in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Bryant made putt after putt, birdieing six of the first seven holes, to make the turn at 30. He capped his round by holing a dead-straight 58-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that seemed to roll forever across the green.

Hale Irwin, coming off his first winless season in 12 years, joined Allen Doyle and Jerry Pate at 66.

The event is limited to major champions in the last five years and other tournament winners in the last two years, plus invitees Crenshaw, Gary Player, Raymond Floyd and Lanny Wadkins.

Women's World Cup of Golf

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Celeste Troche shot a 3-under 69 and Julieta Granada had a 2-under 70 to give Paraguay a four-stroke lead after the first day of the Women's World Cup of Golf, with the United States 10 shots off the pace.

South Korea's was second at 1 under, with Ji Yai Shin shooting a 71 and Young Kim added a 72 in hot conditions on the Gary Player Country Club course. Scotland's Mhairi McKay (69) and Janice Moodie (76) were 1 over along with Italy's Giulia Sergas (71) and Veronica Zorzi (74). Americans Pat Hurst (74) and Juli Inkster (75) were 5 over.

The 22 teams will play an alternate-shot round Saturday and the event will conclude Sunday with a best-ball round.

Abu Dhabi Golf Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Wales' Phillip Price shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

Price had a 10-under 134 total. Padraig Harrington (67) was second, and Miguel Angel Jimenez (65), Shiv Kapur (66), Nick O'Hern (68) and Alessandro Tadini (66) followed at 8 under. Defending champion Chris DiMarco (70) was 5 under.

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