Golf: Rose takes the lead as three USA golfers hit their stride

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Justin Rose has a hole-in-one and the lead heading into the fourth and final round of men’s golf in Rio.

We’d call that a successful Olympic Games so far for the Great Britain golfer.

Rose, 36, shot a 65 for the third round, moving atop the leaderboard for the tournament at 12-under.

Henrik Stenson is a stroke back, while two-round leader Marcus Fraser of Australia sank to third at 9-under par.

Rickie Fowler fired a scorching six-under on the front nine en route to a third round best 64, and is one of three Americans to charge within sight of a medal.

Fowler’s poor first two rounds have him six strokes back of Fraser, but Bubba Watson posted his second-straight 67 to move into a tie for fourth. He’s six back of the lead, and three shy of bronze.

Matt Kuchar shot 69, and is 5-under, while Patrick Reed is the lone American to continue rough play. Reed is shot a 73 and is 1-over, tied for 36th.