December 5, 2015 / 8:39 PM / 3 years ago

Watson shoots 63 for two-shot lead at World Challenge

Bubba Watson of the U.S. hits out of a bunker on the fourth hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in Shanghai, China, November 6, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

(Reuters) - American Bubba Watson carded a flawless nine-under-par 63 and stormed to a two-stroke lead after the third round at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday.

The dual Masters champion eagled the par-four fourth hole from 169 yards and added seven birdies to post a 19-under 197 total at Albany Golf Club in New Providence.

Englishman Paul Casey also shot 63 to move into second place on 17-under, with Americans Patrick Reed and Chris Kirk another shot behind.

World number one Jordan Spieth, who held a share of the halfway lead, carded 68 to slip four shots behind with one round left.

The $3.5 million Tiger Woods-hosted tournament, which comprises an exclusive 18-man field, offers world ranking points, though it is not an official PGA Tour event.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Alan Baldwin

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