Charging Rose joins Furyk in tie for Firestone lead

Sat Aug 8, 2015 6:37pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) - England's Justin Rose rolled in a 38-foot birdie putt at the par-four last to move into a tie for the lead with overnight pacesetter Jim Furyk after the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Saturday.

Rose, who has produced stellar form this year since tying for second at the Masters in April, charged to the top with a sizzling seven-under 63 in slightly more receptive conditions at Firestone Country Club.

The world number eight birdied four of the last six holes in a bogey-free display to finish at nine-under 201, level with American Furyk who did well to sink a par putt from 11 feet on the final green for a 69.

"I haven't seen a putt go in all week from outside eight feet, it feels like," Rose told reporters after he celebrated his monster putt on the 18th green with a wink to the crowd.

"To knock that ball in on the last, it was a nice bonus for sure. My game's in good shape. If I look back at Augusta, that was the start of me feeling very confident."

Rose, who won his seventh PGA Tour title in New Orleans in April, has recorded five top-10s on the U.S. circuit this season, including a playoff loss at the Memorial Tournament in June and a tie for sixth at last month's British Open.

"If I keep knocking on that door, I feel good," said the 35-year-old Englishman. "The only tournament I feel like I've let slip this year is Memorial."

Ireland's Shane Lowry, seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, was alone in third place at seven-under after carding a five-birdie 67 at the elite World Golf Championships event.   Continued...

Justin Rose tees off on the eleventh hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club - South Course. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports