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Saturday, 27 October 2018
Justin Rose  (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)

Justin Rose will be looking to channel the anger from a disappointing finish on Saturday into his final round when he attempts to successfully defend his title at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

The Englishman started day three at Sheshan International Golf Club three shots behind Tony Finau but led by two with two to play and was in pole position to become just the second man after Tiger Woods to win the same World Golf Championships event back-to-back.

He found the hazard on the 17th and water on the last, however, to drop three shots, with Finau finishing birdie-birdie-birdie to re-establish his three-shot lead.

That means Rose will have to do it all again on Sunday if he is to claim a win that could also take him back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

"I'm playing well, feeling good," he said. "I've just got to put that last couple of holes behind me and come out a little bit angry tomorrow.

"I've got to go out tomorrow, shoot maybe something in the mid-60s and see if I can chase Tony down.

"There's three guys at ten under who are all going to be chasing pretty hard but nothing to lose tomorrow. It's going to take a good round.

"I have a good opportunity. With only one guy in front of you, you have an opportunity to play well tomorrow."

Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele were the other players at ten under after firing rounds of 70 and 69, respectively.

Both players faced some adversity on day three but remained in contention, with Reed seeking a win that could take him to the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

"We're definitely still in the golf tournament," he said. "I would have preferred to make a couple more birdies and hit the ball a little better today but I kept myself in it and everything can happen on a Sunday.

"It's really exciting. If you would have said I'd have been three back going into Sunday, would I take it before the week started? Of course, because anything can happen on a Sunday.

"If I play like I did on Thursday, hit the ball as well, everything starts clicking, you can go shoot a low number and make the leaders watch you."

European Tour Affiliate Member Schauffele added: "I played well. It was a bit back and forth. Two too many penalty shots than I'd like but looking on the broadcast, it seemed like I wasn't the only one hitting in the water.

"There's no lead that's safe. This course, it can bite you quick. I hit one in the water on 18, got lucky and saved par."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1SCHAUFFELE, XanderUSA18-14
2FINAU, TonyUSA18-14
3ROSE, JustinENG18-10
T4APHIBARNRAT, KiradechTHA18-8
T4PUTNAM, AndrewUSA18-8
6BRADLEY, KeeganUSA18-7

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