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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.

Golf: Fraser still leads but crowded at top; USA dragging

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Australia’s Marcus Fraser followed up his first round 63 with a second round 69, and still leads the chase for gold at 10-under after two rounds of the Rio Olympics.

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters is a stroke back, and Henrik Stenson is two back at 8-under. Six other golfers are within five strokes of the lead.

Matt Kuchar has made a little headway for the United States, which is struggling on the Olympic Golf Course. Kuchar shot 70 and is 3-under, tied for 14th.

Watson shot 67, making up for his 73 in the first round. He’s tied for 18th, one stroke ahead of Patrick Reed’s 1-under.

Rickie Fowler shot 71, and is in 50th and 4-over.

Australia’s Fraser leads after first round; Stenson lurking, USA struggles

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Nine birdies helped Australian golfer Marcus Fraser to the first round lead on the Olympic Golf Course in Brazil on Thursday.

Fraser, 38, who plays on the European Tour and has never finished higher than 20th at a major, recorded just one bogey.

Canada’s Graham DeLaet and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson are tied for second at 5-under, while five golfers shot four under (including Great Britain’s Justin Rose, who rolled in this hole-in-one).

It was not a good round for Team USA, as Matt Kuchar’s 2-under was the best of the bunch and ties him for 11th. Patrick Reed shot 1-over and is tied for 34th, Bubba Watson shot 2-over for a 42nd place tie, and Rickie Fowler shot the third-worst round of the tournament at four over.