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Friday, 19 March 2010
WGC- Bridgestone Invitational Round Three  (Getty Images)
WGC- Bridgestone Invitational Round Three (Getty Images)

Justin Rose got off to a flying start in his third round pursuit of overnight leader Vijay Singh at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Rose, who started the day in a tie for 35th on one over par, made an immediate impression on the third round leaderboard by claiming birdies at each of his first three holes.

He went through the next three holes in level par, but the Englishman leapt into a temporary tie for 12th at three under after taking another birdie at the seventh.

Sweden’s Daniel Chopra, who was seemingly floundering when his opening 67 was followed by 74 on Friday, also bounced back in style by collecting birdies on the first, second and fifth to go two under overall. However, he gave a stroke back at the par four sixth.

Ross Fisher, looking to build on his success at The European Open last month, is also edging back into the frame.

The Englishman started the day two over par, but has improved to one under after collecting three birdies in seven holes, while Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke is two under after shooting birdies at the second, third and fourth.

His countryman Graeme McDowell compensated for an opening bogey five by eagling the par-five second that left him at level par for the tournament.

Open Champion Padraig Harrington bounced back from a second-round 75 with a couple of early birdies to reach two over for the tournament but gave them back with bogeys at the seventh and 13th holes. Sergio Garcia is two under for the day after five, one under overall.

Of the players already back in the clubhouse after their third rounds, the honours went to Japan’s Hidemasa Hoshino with a five under par 65 that left him at three under for the event, while Australia’s Aaron Baddeley shot an eagle at the second, three birdies and just one bogey on the way to a 66 to end his day at four over overall.

England’s Nick Dougherty shot a one under par 69 and will go into the final round seven over par.

European Tour Member Singh takes a one shot overnight lead into the third round and is intent on playing “my heart out”.

Singh, whose second-round 66 sent him to the top of the leaderboard at seven under par, is set to tee off at 1910 BST in the final pairing of the day alongside World Number Two Phil Mickelson, lying one stroke back at six under.

The Fijian insisted he will not be worrying about anything his rival is doing as they negotiate the Firestone Country Club’s par 70, 7,400-yard South Course.

“I’m going to go out there and play my heart out and try to shoot as low as I can and not really be concerned about what Phil does,” Singh said.

“He’s going to be focused on his game. I just hope we both have a good day.”

A trio of players from The European Tour will be looking to make their move at the top of the leaderboard on Saturday with England’s Lee Westwood best placed at five under following a second-round 65, while Miguel Angel Jiminez of Spain is a shot further back and Ireland’s Paul McGinley is four shots off the lead at three under par.

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